The Difference Between Condominiums and Townhomes

A buyer of a condominium owns his or her individual unit, plus a percentage of the surrounding property, including land and any amenities on the property. (The word “condominium” is Latin, meaning “common ownership” or “common control.”) Residents are members of a homeowners’ association and pay a monthly fee to the association in exchange for maintenance of the common property. Each condominium complex has a master deed which outlines the percentage of ownership each unit in the development has invested in the entire complex. That percentage determines residents’ monthly dues to the association. Condominiums come in a wide variety of architectural styles, from two- and three-story buildings arranged apartment-complex style with carports to luxurious high-rise properties with sweeping views of the surrounding city or natural landscape.

A buyer of a townhome purchases his or her individual unit, as well as the ground underneath that unit. Each townhome has its own roof, in contrast to condominiums. Townhome residents also typically belong to a homeowners’ association and pay monthly fees in exchange for the general maintenance of common outdoor areas. Townhomes occasionally come with such single-family home amenities as garages and backyards (albeit small backyards), for which owners generally are responsible for maintaining.

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1200 Club View Drive Unit Ph19 Los Angeles, CA 90024

$23,000,000
3 Beds
6 Baths
7,950 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20618912
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Penthouse 19 at Beverly West is a full-floor with approximately 8,000 square feet of living space offering unobstructed panoramic views from Bel-Air to the Hollywood Hills and downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. The ultimate in privacy and security, this residence is one of only 35 units in the most exclusive residential tower in Los Angeles. Designed to create a completely bespoke environment, this residence was built by world-renowned developer Emaar Properties, and designed by award-winning interior designer Lisa Garriss, combining iconic brands with exceptional craftsmanship resulting in the finest vertical offering available anywhere.

10601 Wilshire Boulevard Unit 19e Los Angeles, CA 90024

$19,750,000
5 Beds
7 Baths
7,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20647842
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The Wilshire House; Timelessly designed by Bauhaus architect Victor Gruen is Los Angeles' preeminent full service luxury high-rise building. Situated on the Wilshire Corridor, residents are minutes from world-class offerings on the West side. PH19 occupies nearly an entire floor & is the 42-month culmination of 2 penthouses reimagined as 1 contemporary home, the largest unit in the building! Breathtaking views of the city from the mountains to Catalina. Constructed as a safe house for utmost privacy & security. Superlative finishes include Italian closets, Stark Carpets, Bavarian wood floors & Lalique faucets. Entertainers dream featuring private elevator, 3,000 bottle wine cellar, living room & formal dining room. Terraces surround the PH offering perfect indoor/outdoor living. A N/S tennis court, pool, fitness center, spa, banquet room, library & valet parking further enhance this modern building. Live among the elite in this prestigious one of a kind, once in a generation offering!

9040 W Sunset Boulevard Unit Phb West Hollywood, CA 90069

$18,500,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,850 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20652038
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The West Hollywood Edition Penthouse B: the most convenient location in the entire city. Masterfully designed by world-renowned architect John Pawson w/organic finishes that resemble an exotic Balinese hotel; materials include teak woods, unfilled travertine & lush plants that blend architecture & landscape w/tranquil indoor/outdoor living. If you are looking for buildings like the Sierra Towers or the Century, there is no comparison. This full service building is complete w/24-hour security staff, room service, doorman & valet, gym & spa, fine dining & exclusive nightclub. A residence unlike any other offering approx. 3,850 sf of interior space & 1,000 sf of deck space. Explosive 360 panoramic views of the entire city from downtown Los Angeles & the Sunset Strip to the Pacific Ocean. This is by far the best penthouse in the entire city offering unrivaled sophistication. Complete w/private rooftop pool, lounge & helipad. Luxury in the sky, redefining the vertical living experience.

9040 W Sunset Boulevard Unit 1203 West Hollywood, CA 90069

$14,850,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,858 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20650208
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The ultimate in luxury, location, and lifestyle. 1203 has the prime exposure in The Edition with views beyond downtown to the ocean and an incredible floor plan totaling 3,858 sq ft of indoor space plus 912 sq ft of outdoor balcony space. This condominium has highly customized upgrades of the highest quality and taste including: built-in cabinetry and closets, 11.5 wide planked white oak floors, electronic balcony doors opening full width, living and master with recessed lighting, Lutron system, master with sitting area, steam shower in master bath, separate kitchen (not in the living room) with dedicated breakfast room, elegant plastered and papered walls, large screen TVs. All this plus the amazing amenities of The Edition such as gym, owners' pool plus rooftop hotel pool and bar, restaurant, room service, private owners' entrance with owner only elevators, 24-hour concierge and doorman, etc... Look at all others then look at 1203 for the best. Also for lease at $50,000/month.

211 Elm Court Unit 31a Los Angeles, CA 90067

$13,000,000
3 Beds
4.5 Baths
3,954 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21681878
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The two 44-story glass towers, designed by Pei Cobb Freed, provide unparalleled panoramic views with 10 feet ceilings and floor to ceiling glass.Entrance to the tower is through a 24-hour Gate to the valet. The exclusive 24- hour services and amenities include a pool, fitness center, spa, screening room, library, game room, personal wine storage, dining rooms, and 24-hour concierge service. Residence 35A is a premium three bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom residence complete with a formal entry foyer that leads directly into the expansive 31' great room featuring a gas fireplace and access to the 20' terrace, offering breathtaking views from every angle. The 37' master bedroom features his and her walk-in closets and two en-suite master bathrooms, and private terrace. On the opposite end of the residences is the second and third bedrooms, complete with en-suite bathrooms. Combining the ultimate in privacy and distinction, this residence features a private elevator lobby .

1 Century Drive Unit 6ab Los Angeles, CA 90067

$12,750,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
8,100 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20649816
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
One of a kind combined side by side A and B condominium with six bedrooms, eight baths, two private entrances. This elegant and sophisticated unit is located in the very desirable and prestigious highrise building in Century City. Half floor unit is graciously situated on the 6th floor, approx 8,100 sqft of living space. The family rooms are flooded with natural light, gourmet kitchen with walls of glass opening to a wonderful breakfast area. The large scale formal seating area and dining are perfect for entertaining. All bedrooms are en suite. The master suite has a balcony, great sunlight, walking closet and gorgeous bath with dual sinks. This unit exudes class and elegance with a home feeling in a highrise. Walking distance from the world-renowned city of Beverly Hills/Rodeo Dr.

425 N Maple Drive Unit 602 Beverly Hills, CA 90210

$9,995,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
5,385 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20629628
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Magnificent Penthouse in Beverly Hills' most prestigious full-service building, Le Faubourg. This regal penthouse offers a fabulous open floor plan and walls of French doors throughout overlooking spectacular city views. Known for its high level of privacy and security, Le Faubourg has been home to many high-profile residents & amenities include concierge, 24-hour security, valet, gym, and a private pool/spa. The unit includes a grand foyer w/ a dramatic pyramid-shaped skylight. Majestic corridors lead to the formal living rm w/ fireplace and bar, elegant formal dining rm, library, and spacious kitchen w/ breakfast rm. The spacious master suite is its own private retreat w/ sitting rm, dressing rm, and opulent marble bath. 5 add'l bdrms. A spiral staircase leads to the rooftop w/ space to create a private oasis overlooking shimmering city vistas. A truly exceptional penthouse offering the ultimate in luxury & elegance in this most coveted Beverly Hills location. Can be sold furnished.

10601 Wilshire Boulevard Unit Phw Los Angeles, CA 90024

$9,980,000
3 Beds
6 Baths
5,770 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20595680
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Penthouse in the sky! Unobstructed views! Centrally located elegant penthouse at the Wilshire House, LA's premier full service building on the westside; with amenities from 24-hr doorman, valet, concierge service, security, tennis court, spa, pool, gym. Private elevator opens into Tuscany inspired penthouse, with gold inlay ceilings leading into formal dining room, with 12 foot ceiling. Floor to ceiling windows and wrap around balconies, enjoy breathtaking city, mountain and ocean views. Sumptuous master suite with his/hers bathrooms, dual walk-in closets, sitting area, and 2 fireplaces. Ensuite bedroom with access to wrap around balcony. Private guest quarters with separate living room and ensuite bedroom, perfect for visitors. Chef's kitchen with high end appliances, bright breakfast area and large island. Sunlit media room/study with wood panel and built-in features. Staircase ascends to sky room with entertainment center and bar flows to private rooftop garden for alfresco dining.

1200 Club View Drive Unit 9s Los Angeles, CA 90024

$9,200,000
3 Beds
4 Baths
4,020 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21677934
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
AUCTION ...AUCTION BID FEB 12-16 SHOWINGS DAILY 1-3 P.M.BY APPT. This Luxury living is defined in Beverly West, this exclusive full-service high-rise in the coveted Wilshire corridor. This bright spacious unit spans the entire south side of the building, with floor-to-floor ceiling windows throughout that makes best use of its prime location. Views of Downtown Los Angeles to L.A. Country Club, Golf Course from every room. Private elevator entrance to large foyer, great L.R. and Dining. Marble floors and custom Italian Miele kitchen appliances. large master with Walk-in closet and private balcony with huge master bath. Spacious Powder room and lots more to see and appreciate. Click on Property website on the top right to Gallery for Pictures.

1200 Club View Drive Unit 1001 Los Angeles, CA 90024

$9,058,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,813 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 19479052
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Beverly West is an ultra-luxe, 22-story boutique high-rise overlooking the Los Angeles Country Club with 35 breathtaking, light-filled residencies. 360 Views stretch east from Beverly Hills to Hollywood and Downtown, south to Century City and west to the Pacific. Beverly West is the ultimate in Southern California luxury living with amenities ranging from a 24-hour doorman and concierge service, security team and valet, to a saltwater pool and Pilates studio. Five unique design schemes have been expertly tailored to the Beverly West's residences, showcasing the home collections of David Sutherland, Christian Liaigre, Ralph Lauren's City Modern, Armani/Casa, and James Perse's Malibu Collection--all expressing a casual approach to elegance that is distinctly Californian.

10800 Wilshire Boulevard Unit 1701 Los Angeles, CA 90024

$8,995,000
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
5,280 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 20602674
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Rare & desirable double-unit in one of the most prestigious full-service buildings on the Wilshire Corridor, the Californian. Pristine & sophisticated condominium consisting of apx. 5,280 sq.ft. of living space with 4 bedrooms & 4.5 bathrooms & boasting stunning panoramic views throughout. Elevator opens directly into private foyer leading into the spacious and bright public rooms with flowing, open floor plan. Living room with built-ins, formal dining room with elegant built-in bar, family room, & spacious gourmet kitchen with center island, professional appliances, balcony, & adjoining breakfast room. The luxurious master suite is much like its own private residence complete with lounge/office space, balcony, oversized custom walk-in closet with island, & gorgeous master bathroom with separate tub & shower & dual vanities. 3 addl bedroom suites, powder room & laundry room complete this fabulous unit. Five-star building amenities include concierge, valet, fitness center, pool & spa.

110 Ocean Park Boulevard Unit 505 Santa Monica, CA 90405

$8,750,000
3 Beds
5 Baths
1,370 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21674978
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Elegance with style at the beach in Santa Monica, Sea Colony III: a 24 hour guard gated complex, Amazing combination of 2 west facing penthouse units with panoramic unobstructed white water ocean, coastal, mountain, and sunset views the moment you enter, 4 oceanfront balconies, sumptuous master bedroom with den on upper level with 2 en suite guest bedrooms on lower. Features: onsite Manager, pool, 3 spas, gym, rec room, extra storage, 4 car parking, visitor parking, Public Tennis, the bike path, Main St, close to the Santa Monica Place, 3rd St Promenade, Venice, Private and secure away from the hustle and traffic. Feel as if you are out of town on holiday, far away....yet close enough to get back to reality.