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Townhouses in Ajax are a great choice for those homebuyers looking for a larger family home with a decent sized yard without the hefty price tags of semi-detached and detached houses. With generally less maintenance than larger homes on even larger lots, and with its close proximity to the same great shopping and transportation arteries, townhouses are the ideal middle ground between condo-apartments and detached house lifestyles.
Both condo-townhouse complexes, as well as freehold townhouses dot the landscape in most residential neighborhoods throughout Ajax.
North of the 401 highway you will find a prevalence of townhomes off of Rossland, Harwood, and Salem Road amongst others. South of the 401 you will find them near Bayly and other complexes closer to Lake Ontario.
Townhouses are generally built near parks and certain complexes even have their own playgrounds. Townhouses in Ajax are close to daily amenities such as gyms, restaurants, grocery stores, movie theatres, and main roads for easy transportation by public transit or car.
The two most common types of townhouses are freehold townhomes and condo-townhouses. Expect two, three, and sometimes four bedroom layout configurations with two, three, and again sometimes four-bathroom options as well. Expect to pay a reasonable premium for finished basements, as well.
Depending on the townhouse development, sometimes the backyards are landscaped with grass and/or interlock brick with spacious decks for summer entertaining. Some townhouses have balconies and terraces off the Master bedroom, and some are even built with rooftop decks. Expect driveways to fit one car with an additional parking space inside a one-car garage.
The difference between freehold and condo-townhouses is the need for the homeowner to pay a monthly maintenance fee if they own a townhouse designated as a condominium. While freehold townhouses (with some exceptions) don’t have a maintenance fee, the homeowner is responsible for more of the upkeep themselves similar to owning a freehold semi-detached or detached home.
Condo-townhomes have a condo board made up of several of the owners in the complex and collect maintenance fees on a monthly basis. This can range from an expense of a couple hundred to several hundred dollars per month. These maintenance fees pay for landscaping for the complex, the upkeep of playgrounds, and perhaps more importantly some utilities, roof and window replacement, eavestrough cleaning, and garbage pickup among others.
Each complex is unique and have their pros and cons on what is (or isn’t) included in the fee.