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

$24,000,000
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.

1200 Club View Drive Unit Ph-1800 Los Angeles, CA 90024

$22,500,000
4 Beds
8 Baths
7,950 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 22115193
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
In one of the most exclusive buildings on the Wilshire corridor sits Penthouse 18 at the Beverly West. Spanning an entire floor with approximately 8,000 square feet of living space, 360 jet-liner views of the Hollywood Hills, Bel-Air, the Los Angeles Country Club, and as far as Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. Views like this simply do-not get much better. This truly beautiful unit features a private state-of-the-art chef's kitchen, entertainment bar with a stunning TV-Wall comprising of 4x65 televisions totaling 130 of viewing pleasure. Imagine a dinner with friends and family looking out at a beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean, or hosting cocktails overlooking Bel-Air and one of the most exclusive Country Clubs in the country. All four bedrooms are stunning, the finishes are easily a work of art with only the best materials and designs coming together to give comfort and luxury. The master bedroom features a grand and lavish bathroom with the tub framed onto a beautiful view, jewel box steam shower, and powder. Attached to the master bedroom is your own private gym, or space customizable to anything desired. The boutique-style Beverly West offers exclusivity, privacy, security, and ultimate luxury.

1 W Century Drive Unit 38a Los Angeles, CA 90067

$21,000,000
2 Beds
4.5 Baths
5,254 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21760964
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The Cavalli Penthouse set within the 38th floor of the coveted Century building is a bold design statement by the Jumbo Collection. With sprawling south facing views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this newly-renovated penthouse showcases custom finishes and furnishings from Cavalli and Ferre included in the purchase. Step off the elevator into your own private lobby with onyx and Sapele Mahogany Parquet flooring and cross into the great room featuring an onyx bar, oversized gas fireplace within a marble wall from Spain, hidden built-in shelving, and a massive outdoor terrace with fire pit. The interior also boasts a flexible layout with a Gianfranco Ferre designed kitchen, two large bedrooms with luxurious baths en suite, massive walk-in custom closets, a private sauna, two additional private terraces, and a separate office with library. The Century features extensive gardens designed by Landscape architect Pamela Burton, concierge, gated security, a pool and jacuzzi with private cabanas, fitness studio, movie theater, business center, and valet parking.

1 W Century Drive Unit 38b Los Angeles, CA 90067

$18,900,000
2 Beds
3.5 Baths
5,320 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21765430
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Penthouse 38B at The Century, LAs' most esteemed luxury building, has been transformed into a masterpiece of fine craftsmanship and Manhattan-style Art Deco design. Soaring high above Century City with unparalleled views from the San Gabriel Mountains to downtown to the Pacific, this sprawling seven room residence offers 5,320 square feet of living space that evoke a bygone golden era of decadence and romance, when the Rockefeller's ruled New York and ocean liners like the SS Normandie glided across the sea. From the moment you enter the Grand Foyer by direct-access elevator you're immediately immersed in a warm and opulent experience adorned with hand-carved woodwork, metal and stone finishings made to the highest standards imaginable. The first impression is truly unforgettable, with each environment brought to life by a sense of elegance and grandeur, showcasing rare and remarkable materials, fixtures and objects from throughout history and around the world. Stepping out onto the nearly 600 square feet of outdoor terraces places you at the pinnacle of Los Angeles, with far-reaching jetliner views that overlook the entire city. Curated by the current owners, the museum-quality collection of 1930s paintings, sculptures, antiques and artifacts is also available for purchase separately. An extraordinary opportunity for a highly discerning buyer to own the crown jewel penthouse of Los Angeles.

10601 Wilshire Boulevard Unit 19e Los Angeles, CA 90024

$17,995,000
5 Beds
7 Baths
7,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21109279
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!

700 Front St Unit 2403,2404,2405 San Diego, CA 92101

$11,950,000
5 Beds
9 Baths
8,400 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2106210
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Value Range Price: $10.45M-$11.95M. One of the LARGEST condos ever to come on the market downtown, this is a once in a lifetime chance to own your estate in the sky! Panoramic views greet you effortlessly each morning from every room of this expansive luxury estate in the sky. The floor to ceiling windows meet the disappearing balcony doors to draw ones eyes toward the Coronado Island, Point Loma, Mexico, Pacific Ocean and the world beyond. Sunsets, harbor and city lights invite you to pause and soak in the day. The gala room with incredible acoustics can comfortably accommodate over 50 of your guests to a seated private concert. From the wide built in desk of your private corner office, gaze out into the bustling city and beyond. Energize yourself in the privacy of your own home gym, equipped with a floor to ceiling climbing wall and big enough to accommodate weight machines, Pilates equipment, treadmill and so much more. Large retreating balcony doors allow for the fresh ocean breeze to flow in and cool you down as you exercise and meditate towards a healthy body and mind. The modern sleek lines of the interior, opaque glass walls, exposed steel beams and white marble counters blend seamlessly with natural elements of the beautifully reclaimed Indonesian teak floors and the spalted birch cabinets and doors. Wide open expansive gallery walls are an art collector’s dream. The Meridian is a luxury residence that offers 6 star amenities including valet parking for you and your guest, doorman and around the clock security. Floorpan available. Live life without compromise!

9040 Sunset Boulevard Unit 1101 West Hollywood, CA 90069

$11,900,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,432 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21782376
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The West Hollywood Edition is one of the most coveted architecturally significant full-service buildings to be completed in the last decade on the West Coast. Designed by John Pawson, this rarely available 01 stack is one of the most coveted locations in the building and has views of the City, the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, and beyond. Customized by the current owner, this unit has grand rooms that flow seamlessly, rarely seen in a full-service building. The generously spaced outdoor area runs the length of the unit, with the lights of Los Angeles in the distance. Exquisite finishes and detail with unmatched quality are found throughout this timeless unit. World-class amenities are endless in this full-service building. Also available to purchase with #1102.

1 W Century Drive Unit 6ab Los Angeles, CA 90067

$10,950,000
6 Beds
8 Baths
8,150 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21763684
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 high rise building in Century City. Half floor unit is graciously situated on the 6th floor, approximately 8,100 square feet of living space. The spacious and tastefully done unit is 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. Unit also includes two privately own cabanas. This unit exudes class and elegance with a home feeling in a high rise. Walking distance from the world-renowned city of Beverly Hills/Rodeo Dr.

8420 W Sunset Boulevard Unit 701 West Hollywood, CA 90069

$10,945,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,028 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21104245
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Welcome home to Pendry Residence 701. Enjoy sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, Sunset Tower, & the glimmering lights of the DTLA skyline from this 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom Residence. The spacious, light filled great room is perfect for entertaining and flows seamlessly out to an oversized wrap-around private terrace, offering over 1600 square feet of outdoor living space. Wake up to the sunrise over the San Gabriel mountains from the primary bedroom suite, featuring a huge walk in closet by Poliform and direct access to the terrace. The spa-inspired primary bath features a deep-soaking bathtub and walk-in shower in hand-selected Italian marble, with polished nickel fixtures by Waterworks. The gourmet kitchen features a 15' marble counter, Wolf and SubZero appliances, and wine storage. One guest bedroom enjoys DTLA views, while the other steps out to a second private terrace. The laundry/utility room has Whirlpool Washer/Dryer, sink, and custom cabinets offering additional storage. Second and third bedrooms have en-suite full baths. Direct elevator access from residential lobby, parking garage opens into your home, and can take you directly to the residential rooftop pool. Pendry Residences West Hollywood by Montage Hotels & Resorts is a limited collection of 40 luxury Residences offering effortless resort-style living. As an extension of Pendry West Hollywood Hotel, owners have access to an unmatched array of lifestyle amenities, including seven unique dining concepts by Wolfgang Puck, Spa Pendry, The Britely Social Club, a rooftop pool and bar, and more. In addition, residents also enjoy private owner-only amenities including an exclusive entry and lobby, 24/7 valet service, rooftop pool, fitness center, garden deck, boardroom, residents lounge, wine tasting room, and in-residence dining by Wolfgang Puck.

1200 Club View Drive Unit 1500 Los Angeles, CA 90024

$10,750,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
4,158 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 22118145
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
One of the most exquisite units to come to market in the highly coveted Beverly West, this full-service luxury building is located mere steps from Beverly Hills and Century City and offers an incomparable lifestyle of sophistication. An elevator delivers you directly into your dedicated foyer and you are immediately surrounded by walls of windows and the jaw-dropping unobstructed views to the ocean, downtown, mountains, and golf course/Los Angeles CC. Sold fully furnished with exclusive art, furniture, a completely stocked chef's kitchen, and operating systems controlled by your iPad for effortless living. World-renowned developer Emaar Properties', builder of the Burj Kalifa/Dubai, created the Beverly West to be the epitome of luxury living in Los Angeles, and they did not disappoint. Concierge service, 24 hour security, valet, conference, Pilates, and massage rooms, fitness center, saltwater pool, and the list goes on. Like new property as the owner was only in residence approx. 60 days post completion. An incredible opportunity!

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 # 21754566
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
LUXURIOUS AND ELEGANT PENTHOUSE LIFE STYLE at the Wilshire House, L.A.'s most prestigious high-rise. Full service, 24-hrs, security bldg. Elevator opens directly into a private foyer leading to your Tuscany Villa. Exquisite details throughout with luxurious blend of colors and finishes. Spectacular panoramic jet line views of the city, mountains and ocean; floor to ceiling windows with wrap-around balconies on the main level. Separate level entertainer's dream with built in bar to host alfresco dining. Bright media room/library w/rich wood tones and built-ins. Large master suite with 2 fireplaces, separate baths, separate dressing areas. Spacious chef's kitchen with high end appliances, butler's pantry, large island and breakfast area.