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#1 Turquoise Gem

Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:32 PM

I have been thinking a lot of moving to a townhouse lately.  Currently it's 3 younger kids and myself in a four bedroom house with big back and front yards and lots of housework, mowing, maintaining etc  My workload is sky high right now and I want to try to eliminate the unpaid jobs for more paid work and figure moving to a townhouse will in the long run save money and precious time.   What is your exp. of townhouse living with kids?

#2 rabbit hyde

Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:06 AM

I lived in a townhouse as a child and live in one currently with my DD (11 months).

Personally I think it's great.  We have a well sized courtyard and upstairs there is an open area that could easily double as a second living room/playroom.  It's a lot easier to maintain but without the stacked feeling of units.

We live in a u shaped block of townhouse.  The kids from the units all play in the grass paved area together.  It's great as they can get out and about but the area is very visible and away from the road.

I think if you scout the location you'll be fine.  The way the townhouses are set up, local parks etc will probably impact on your decision but I think it's completely viable.

#3 jacki

Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:46 AM

We've just moved from a quarter acre block to a townhouse. We have 4 kids. I love it. I did all the gardening in about an hour and a half on Sunday!!

I think if you choose carefully it can be really good. We've got 4 bed, 2 bath, powder room, a big landing upstairs that we use as a play area for the kids. We've got a pretty
good sized courtyard - ok for basketball ring and scootering, and a lovely big lawn area with a beautiful tree out the front. I don't even notice the other 3 on the block.

#4 Madnesscraves

Posted 04 December 2013 - 05:04 AM

I think it can work. Just got to get location right for parks. I wish I lived in a unit or townhouse. And I've only got 1 child! I get overwhelmed with the amount of work required here.

#5 Mozzie1

Posted 04 December 2013 - 05:15 AM

I live in an apartment with a small child, and most of our neighbors have one or 2 kids. I love it. We have made friends with the neighbors, there is very little maintenenence, and we can call the building manager if we have a problem!

The only thing I hate about our place is that we are high rise with a balcony, I really wish we were on the ground floor. Given you won't have that issue in a townhouse, I woul go for it.

#6 Turquoise Gem

Posted 04 December 2013 - 06:48 AM

Thanks!!!  I am sold on the idea.  I already was, but just wanted to check before the big change.  I really look forward to it now.

#7 wilding

Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:07 AM

Our neighbour has 4 kids (3 boys/1 girl) in a 2 bedroom townhouse, 1 is primary school age and the rest are younger.It works for her at the moment, I just wear earplugs so don't have to worry about getting woken up at 4:30-5 from all the running and screaming ;) :p

#8 ❤Indigo❤

Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:09 AM

We moved from a townhouse after having our second child...I hated being in a townhouse to be honest and my kids love being outdoors and still quite young so we needed a yard. Personally I love having space and would love to be on acres so its not for me personally

#9 cinnabubble

Posted 04 December 2013 - 09:13 AM

We live in a two bedroom courtyard flat. Works for me. I hate gardening (it's just outside housework), and we can walk to parks etc.

#10 Especially*K*

Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:02 AM

We live in a townhouse. Love it! DF HATES it though. He is a farm boy, i'm a city girl. I love apartment living!

I do next to no gardening as our landlord provides a lawn mowing service every 2nd week.

In a couple of months we are set to move 30mins ot of town on a 28acres block  *sigh* may as well sign up for my Burkes Backyard subscription now.

#11 F.E.B.E

Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:10 AM

I'd be happy to. DH insists on a garden.

I think as long as you are in proximity to other green spaces it's fine.

#12 Pearson

Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:12 AM

Not all townhouses are created equal. We lived on an awesome large one, loved it! Lived in a smaller one - not so good.

#13 Caitlin Happymeal

Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:19 AM

We loved it! We only lived in one until our kids were about 15 months old, we moved to mum and dads supposedly to save money (which didn't happen, that's another story) and then after we got jack of living with mum and dad, we took the first rental available, which happened to be this dump of a house that we are currently in. Sure, the backyard is great, but our old townhouse was opposite a park. This house is so crappily maintained whereas most townhouse rentals have onsite managers. I find that better because they seem more quick to deal with problems than a real estate agent who isn't just a couple of houses up.

When our lease is up, we are hoping to go back to a townhouse, preferably one with a pool (having a pool with no maintenance? Winning!) ideally we are planning on buying one when I'm back in the workforce properly. I love them. We have lived in two. Both had pools and pretty great managers.

I think it comes from seeing mum and dad try to keep up an acre and a quarter in their mid sixties. Not for me, thanks!

#14 grumpybum1

Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:24 AM

I've been living in at Townhouse with my 2 girls for about 5 years now.  3 beds upstairs, 2 living areas down stairs, no real front yard. We do have a small back yard - big enough for table/chairs and a swing set on the lawn. Also location is great as we have a big oval/playground at the end of our street (one of the reasons I bought it as we do like to be outside). I am a single parent and work FT so the reduction in the need to maintain a big garden/house has been a godsend. I have a guy come and mow the lawn and other than that just a few potplants to water. Also love that the ppty is very secure - gated.

One of the best things has been the neighbours - I know you can get unlucky but we have been super lucky -to be surrounded by helpful, friendly neighbours who dont mind about a little bit of noise in the yard occasionally from the kids. Likewise I dont sweat it when the young couple next door have a late night  backyard party. I think you need to be able to be a bit flexible living in a more communal zone.

#15 ThreeLittleLambs

Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:24 AM

Dp and I currently live in a townhouse at the moment with three young kids and this particular townhouse we hate.

The place itself is basically a medium sized square room with doors to bathroom, bedrooms etc (we have bedrooms up and downstairs) on the side. No fencing or yard at all.

Last townhouse we lived in had more separate rooms (it was long) and we loved it there. It didn't feel like our whole house was squished in one room. Had a little courtyard. It was great.

We're moving shortly (hopefully into a townhouse) as we just don't want to waste our days cleaning the yard and our current body corp/ real estate is awful.

#16 -Emissary-

Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:41 AM

I grew up in a townhouse and I made some really close friends growing up. There were three rows of townhouses.

The kids had plenty of space to play with. There were a lot of grass areas in front and on the side. We used to hang often and also played a lot of games . There were about 15 of us and I'm still friends with most of them.

I now live in a triplex. My backyard is big enough for DS to play and there's enough gardening to do to drive my mum insane. There's also about four different parka nearby.

#17 Turquoise Gem

Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:16 AM

The kids are more excited about it than I am!  They can't wait, just need to find one, but there are plenty just near us, not far walking distance from the bay, complex is gated security and has pools and parks, and there are heaps of parks nearby. So hopefully is works for us. Shops next door, movies just over the road, beach up the road and a lot less work for me for when I work more full time next year so spend it with the kids and not maintaing a big house and yard. Thanks for everyone's insight, I guess it works for some and not others, but I feel confident.  Can't hurt to try. Although I hope I get some kind of noisy neighbours or at least some with kids, not quiet as a mouse type. Will check it out before I sign the deal as I don't want to disturb people, not that my kids are overly loud, but they are kids and I can't forever be telling them to whisper.

#18 ThreeLittleLambs

Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:36 AM

Yeah I was coming back to say scope out your neighbours!

We always feel as though we're the loudest on the block.

Usually we try to get the kids to keep it down to a dull roar till about 7:30 mornings/weekdays lol.

#19 seayork2002

Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:48 PM

We only have one but I actually prefer townhouses over normal houses, I find them cosier. We will probably buy one next year or so.

Watch out for Strata fees though!

Edited by seayork2002, 04 December 2013 - 01:49 PM.


#20 Mists of Avalon

Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:55 PM

It didn't work for us. We had two young chldren (4 and 2) in a three bedroom townhouse. Only one living area though. We had a good sized courtyard with a grassed area but it just wasn't enough. The neighbours next to us moved out and told me it was because our children's bedroom backed onto their master bedroom and our children were too loud and woke up too early. I also didn't like being so close to my neighbours.  But I don't think we are townhouse people, we are now in an area where we have no direct neighbours next to us or behind us and it is a better fit for us.

#21 cinnabubble

Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:09 PM

See, to me that sounds like lavish amounts of space for four people.

#22 Mists of Avalon

Posted 04 December 2013 - 02:18 PM

Our house now is probably the same size as the townhouse (maybe even smaller). It is the outdoor space we need and the buffer from hearing other people and them being able to hear us.




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