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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6860 Quebec Ct #4 Unit 4 San Diego, CA 92139

$459,000,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in East San Diego, San Diego
New
$459,000,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,183 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 210021776
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Townhome in great shape, Tenant looking for new place, may have to close escrow with tenant in property due to covid restriction's on evicting tenant in regards to sale. Equipment: Range/Oven Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

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.

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.

10601 Wilshire Boulevard Unit 19e Los Angeles, CA 90024

$17,995,000 - 5Br/7Ba -  for Sale in Los Angeles
Open House
$17,995,000
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

$16,995,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,850 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21765302
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.

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 iconic two 44-story glass towers, designed by Pei Cobb Freed, provide unparalleled panoramic views with 10 feet ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass. Drive through the tree-lined estate drive with a 24-hour Guard Gate to your valet. The height of luxury amenities includes a pool, spa, locker rooms with steam/sauna, fitness center, screening room, library, game room, wine storage, dining rooms, and 24-hour concierge Residence 31A 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 a 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.

9040 Sunset Blvd Unit 1101 Los Angeles, CA 90069

$12,750,000
3 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,432 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21725648
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
A building of distinct beauty, prime location & innovation, the West Hollywood EDITION, designed by renowned architect John Pawson, offers the most luxurious living in Southern California. Constructed with the highest quality of materials, this home provides the ultimate resort experience with expansive terraces filled with lush landscaping that seamlessly flow from indoor to outdoor. Privately situated above the hotel, this unit provides unbelievable sweeping views of the entire Los Angeles skyline. World-class amenities are endless in this full-service building featuring an exclusive nightclub, gourmet dining, 24/7 staff, security, valet, and room service, as well as a private gym, screening room, rooftop pool and spa. Connected by a door, units 1101 and 1102 can be purchased together or separate - an incredibly rare opportunity to own one or two of the most exclusive residences in Los Angeles.

900 W Olympic Boulevard Unit 51a Los Angeles, CA 90015

$12,000,000
3 Beds
4 Baths
6,590 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21704840
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
The crown jewel of Downtown Los Angeles, 51A is a duplex penthouse atop The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live and was masterfully custom-designed by Moore Ruble Yudell. With 6,590 square feet of fully-furnished interiors, this remarkable residence in the sky affords you uninterrupted jetliner views of Downtown and the Los Angeles skyline, access to The Ritz-Carlton's gold standard of service, and has you an elevator ride away from the citys premier sports and entertainment attractions. The sleek, flush design is ideal for showcasing artwork and creates a dynamic visual experience throughout. A second level en-suite guest bedroom is joined by a master wing featuring a lounge room, spa-like bath, full bar, and closets reminiscent of a high-end boutique. In addition to a world-class restaurant, residential sky lobby, and private heated rooftop pool terrace, all residents can seek out the nearby STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theatre, L.A. Live, and The Grammy Museum.

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 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 spotted 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. Live life without compromise!

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

$11,950,000
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.

808 The Strand Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

$11,695,000 - 4Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Manhattan Beach
New
$11,695,000
4 Beds
4.5 Baths
2,911 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # SB21167762
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
You’ve been waiting for this gem situated in one of the most coveted and sought after downtown Manhattan Beach locations. One-of-a-kind privacy along the public beachfront in Manhattan Beach with remarkable views of the Pacific Ocean from the PV Peninsula to Malibu. You can pull into your garage, enter the private elevator, or take the staircase directly to your impressive penthouse. No one needs to know you’re even there! Sit on the spacious private deck and watch the dolphins swim by. Soak in endless sunsets while you lounge without the public passing by to see you. One of the most unique properties in Manhattan Beach with 50 feet of beach frontage (standard is 33 feet). The forward location of the home maximizes views to the north and south, and the size of the wrap-around deck is enough to host your sunset gathering in style. One level floor plan and all four bedrooms with their own en-suite baths, no level changes inside the home. Ocean views from all bedrooms and even the laundry room. The best part of all is the A+ location near the heart of Downtown shops and restaurants. This home features wired for security, existing AV, AC, and electronic window treatments powered through various choices of controls. Private 2 car garage with up to two additional spaces behind the garage. This is the perfect home for full-time living, or lock up and leave 2nd home for the avid traveler, a very convenient 15-20 min drive from LAX. Call for your tour today.

10281 Century Woods Drive Los Angeles, CA 90067

$10,995,000
5 Beds
6 Baths
9,604 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 21715850
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
One of the largest villas in prestigious guard gated Century Woods Estates, custom designed to echo grand European architecture. In the vast two-story living room, well suited for lavish entertaining, Juliette balconies overlook a fountain, live trees and one of six fireplaces. Nearby are a library, formal dining room and a sunken bar opening to a private courtyard with pool and spa. The chefs kitchen links to a sunny breakfast room and butlers pantry. The primary bedroom suite, located on the first floor, features a fireplace, kitchenette, massive luxurious bathroom and star-quality walk in closet. An office, glamorous powder room and staff quarters complete the level. The second floor begins with two bedrooms, one currently used as a beauty salon. The expansive guest wing has its own staircase entrance opening to a large bedroom, spacious sitting room, spa shower, walk in closet, eat-in kitchen and patio overlooking the pool. Enjoy an elevator, two garages to house three cars and additional private parking for guests. The home is moments from Century City and Beverly Hills shopping, dining and entertainment. Amenities include 24-hour gated security, fitness center, two pools and spas (indoor and outdoor), tennis court and clubhouse. This is a coveted opportunity to transform this magical estate and make it your own!