Some Interesting Facts About Townhouses In Fairfax County

People usually choose to buy a townhouse in Fairfax County as their first home. In the United States, townhouses are defined as single-family dwellings with at least two floors that share a wall with another house. Unlike duplexes or fourplexes, however, each townhouse is individually owned. The primary difference between townhouses and row houses in Fairfax County is in how they’re arranged. Row houses are, as the name suggests, lined up all in a row, while townhouses are often configured differently.

Interesting Facts About Townhouses

  • The origins of the word townhouse go back to early England, where the term referred to a dwelling a family (usually the royalty) kept “in town” (meaning London) when their primary residence was in the country. The word stuck, and today, it’s used to describe a wide array of primary residences all over the world—in other words, not just in Fairfax County.
  • The Census Bureau doesn’t distinguish between the row houses and townhouses in Fairfax County and classifies them all as attached houses. They show that townhouses and row houses make up about 5.6% of the U.S. housing inventory but were most popular in 1940 when they made up 7.6% of the inventory.
  • The difference between townhouses and condos in Fairfax County depends on the form of ownership because some townhouses are sold as condos. If you purchase a townhouse as a condo, you will own just the inside of the building. If you purchase it as a townhouse, then you may own the property outside as well, though it may be subject to the rules of a homeowners association.
  • One benefit of owning a townhouse over a condo in Fairfax County is that since you fully own the property, you’re able to make important decisions about upgrades to and the upkeep of your home.
  • Townhouses in Fairfax County give you a freer hand without the high costs of maintaining a single-family home. With a single-family home, you’re completely alone, and all maintenance responsibilities rest on your shoulders. The townhouses fill the gap, where you get some cost savings and benefits of being part of the bigger community and having that attached-type of housing, but you’re not limited, as you would be being part of a condo association.

Properties in Fairfax County

Elegant all brick beauty in sought after Charlestown.

6015 Waterbury Ct

4BR and 2 Full BA 2 1/2 BA, this home boasts approx 2700 square feet. An amazing 28 feet wide townhome close to everything! Formal living, dining room, eat-in Kitchen, bedroom on the main level. Huge finished recreation room walks out to an amazing patio w/shed. Steps to Pentagon bus stop, Showings will begin July 1, Call to schedule your appointment. [Charlestown - $509,000]

This 3 bedroom, 2.

8351 Brockham Dr

5 bath, END-UNIT townhouse is ready for you to call it home. With a fenced in backyard, and lots of commuity ammenities, this AS IS home is ready for you to make it your own. This home is priced to sell and won't be on the market long. Schedule your showing online today!! Please included all signed disclosures and offer instructions with any offers. [Georgeland Village - $300,000]

Coming Soon !! Beautiful end unit 3 levels one car garage townhome; 3 Bedrooms & 2.

13500 Canada Goose Ct

5 Bath; Entire inside Freshly painted; Bathrooms updated; other features are : Gourmet kitchen with stain still appliances, new cabinets & Granite counter tops; Master bedroom has a full Bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub with ceramic floor & walls; Hardwood floor in living and dining room; Living room has a wood burning fire place and French door leading to deck; Walkout Basement family has a wood burning fire place and a laundry room; [Centreville Green - $489,900]

Stunning end unit 3 level, 4 bedroom 3 and half bath brick front town home in the sought after Center Terrace sub division! This beautiful home will impress you! The main level features a large kitchen with tile floors, Stainless steel appliances, beautiful wood cabinets with trim accents.

13896 Coleman Ct

Upstairs you'll find 3 spacious bedrooms, including a large master suite with a luxury bath complete with separate soaking tub and walk in closet. The walk out lower level boast a large room perfect for a theater room and/or game room with fireplace and arched wall with a sitting nook. The bed room on the lower level can be used as a bedroom or office and the large full bathroom makes for the perfect finished lower level. Brand new custom paint, new floors on main level, wood floors upstairs, tiles in kitchen and lower level, Large deck, fully fenced backing to woods/ common area! Brand new water heater. Just minutes to Interstate 66, Rt 28 and Rt 29, close to shopping centers, movies, and restaurants, and a quick ride to the orange line metro. [Center Terrace - $419,990]

Solid brick TH has been 100% completely redone! Everything is new from the floors up! Basement has all new walls & ceilings with recessed lights & LVP flooring; All new full bath with walk-in shower.

7429 Adams Park Ct

We didn't change the utility/laundry room other than to clean it up. Main level has new powder room, new eat-in kitchen with new 42" cabinets, SS appliances, granite countertops & backsplash. Hardwood flooring throughout the main level. Dining room & step down living room. Steps up have been stained to match the hardwoods & the hardwoods continue throughout the upper hall. All 3 bedrooms have new w/w carpet & master bath completely redone with walk-in shower & ceramic tile. Hall bath redone with ceramic tile & tub (not replaced). Roof replaced 3-4 years ago; 6/19 - new gutters, facia board, soffits, windows, SGD, HVAC System including HWH. All warranties transfer to new owner. [Lafayette Business Center - $489,900]

Completely Updated.

5403 Leeway Ct

Hardwood floors on all three Levels. Open Floor Plan . New Kitchen with Stainless Steele appliances, granite counter tops, 42" all wood custom cabinets. Main Level with shadow boxes, crown moldings, recessed lights. ALL new windows, water heater, roof, sidings, fence., washer and dryer. Fresh custom paint, Newly designed Master bath with marble top double vanity, shower with custom title work. Lower Level has recessed lights, a huge rec room with wood burning fire place and new Full Bath. 2 reserved parking spaces PLUS 2 additional visitor spaces! sits a few homes away from the community pool. Entertain in the fully fenced backyard. Glen Cove is conveniently located within minutes from the Burke VRE Station, Target, all the shopping & dining of Burke & Fairfax, and ALL major commuting routes. [Glen Cove - $454,900]

SIGNIFICANT PRICE REDUCTION! LUXURY LIVING at it's Best!! Beautifully maintained, 4 level, 2-car Garage TH w/loads of upgrades and 2 DECKS! Gorgeous refinished Hardwood Floors on Main lvl, Gourmet Kit with New Stainless Appliances, Tons of Cabinets, wrap around Breakfast BAR and Eat-in Area.

8033 Kidwell Hill Ct

HUGE, PRIVATE DECK off FR backing to TREES! Spacious MBR Suite with FABULOUS 4rth floor LOFT, ROOFTOP DECK FIREPLACE and Built-ins. Luxury MBA with separate Jacuzzi tub and Shower with new Frameless Glass Surround. W/O Lower Level has Stunning Cherry WOOD Built-in Entertainment Ctr & Fireplace with French doors to Patio and fenced Backyard. BEST LOCATION NEAR METRO. [Kidwell Towns - $839,900]

GORGEOUS! This home has been updated from top to bottom with over $150,000 in renovations! Boasting 3 spacious Bedrooms, 2.

11176 Saffold Way

5.5 Baths, front and back Patios, with 2050 Fin SF + a Huge 22x11SF Storage room. Master includes a Balcony and Sitting room with soaring ceilings! Stunning Kitchen opened up and renovated with Haas cabinets, Phoenician Gold granite, Samsung appliances, recessed lighting, eat-in breakfast bar w/beautiful pendant lighting. All Baths updated and include slow close vanities. Windows and Sliders replaced, new gutters, new interior doors, newer roof, new patios and balcony, newer Trane HVAC, freshly painted inside and out, new hardwoods, refinished hardwoods~~..It~s a BEAUTY!!!! [Reston - $464,900]

Looking for a townhouse in a great community in a great location? You~ve found it! Enjoy 4 levels of living space in this end unit move in ready home! Park up to 4 vehicles, including 2 in the garage and 2 in the driveway with additional guest parking available in the community.

7713 Martin Allen Ct

Entertain your guests on the large deck as your grill using a pre-installed outdoor gas line, ready for you to hook up any gas grill of your choosing. Enjoy a private outdoor patio prewired for a large hot tub. Newly installed never used stainless steel kitchen appliances from June 2019. Hardwood floors on the main level, carpet in the basement and bedrooms. Large basement area complete with recessed lighting, half bathroom, garage entrance, and walk out to the fenced backyard. Master bedroom comes complete with walk-in closets, a gas fireplace, and master bathroom loft. The community features a swimming pool, walking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, a gazebo, a pond, and a club house. Home is move-in ready. Seller is motivated. Offers will be presented as they are received. Seller is offering a 1 year home warranty with American Home Shield. [Island Creek - $575,000]

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.