Single family homes are the pinnacle for most people when they envision their dream house. A single family homes typically refers to a detached home, or a home without neighbours who share walls with you. Duplexes, apartments and townhomes are not considered sing-family homes, but rather multi-family dwellings.
The reason the single family home is so sought after is because it provides far more privacy and space then multi-family homes generally do. While a single family home may come in the shape of a bungalow, two-story, back-split, side-split or even a raised home, they also come with things like garages (attached or detached), driveways, yards (fenced or not), basements and possibly attics. Depending on the age of the home, it may come with all or only some of the aforementioned features but you certainly get more amenities in one way or another.
It is, however, important to note that modern multi-family structures are striving to compete with single-family homes. It is common for apartments to no provide in-suit laundry facilities, underground parking, rooftop pools or patios and even fitness facilities. For most people it will depend on what they ultimately want to have in their dream home, but not everyone’s dream home will end up being a single family home with a white picket fence. City dwellers enjoy the convenience of living amongst a busy metropolis and are more than willing to sacrifice something like a yard, for the convenience of being able to walk to work and have a built-in gym in their building.
One of the biggest perks of multi-family dwellings, particularly apartments, is not having to maintain an outdoor space. For many busy professionals, worrying about lawn care or shoveling snow is simply a time demand they cannot afford. For these people, paying a few bucks extra month in condo fees to ensure someone else does it (as well as takes out the trash) is well worth it. But, for those set on the single family homes of suburban areas, dragging your trash to the curb in the morning and braving a snowstorm to keep your walkways clear are all part of the charm and vision of suburban, single-family living.
An added bonus of single family homes is that you don’t have to worry about condo fees, noisy neighbours, or people stealing your designated parking space. Single family homes are certainly the goal for many people, but not all. In the end any house can be your dream home, you just have to consider what is important to you in your house and your community,

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Listing information last updated on June 5th, 2023 at 7:17am CDT.