Choosing the Right Home For Your Needs

Choosing the Right Home For Your Needs

Blog Updated: December 2017

Choosing the right style of home is an important step to homeownership. Whether you buy a Single Family Home, a Townhouse, or a Condominium depends on many factors. Deciding what your family’s needs are will help you make the best choice for your situation. Location, size of home, amenities, amount of maintenance, and price range all come into play when making the decision on what type of home to buy. The JS Realty Team at Samson Properties can advise you on how to make the right decision!


jsrealty4u carlton house reston town center condo rightLocation: Most condominium complexes are located in an urban setting. If you want to be within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and amenities then a condo might be the right choice for you.
Amenities: Condos also usually provide more in-house benefits such as gyms, party rooms, business offices, and game rooms. Some condos even have small specialty stores such as dry cleaners, gift shops, hairdressers, and coffee shops right on the premises.
Size: Ranging from 1 room efficiencies up to 3 bedroom condos. Singles, couples, and families with 1 or 2 children are all candidates for condos.
Maintenance: Condos take the least amount of maintenance because the outside components of your home – such as siding, roof, and common areas are all maintained by the condo association.
Price: Usually you will pay less for condos than townhouses and single family homes, but you will need to consider the condo fees. Condo fees are usually higher than HOA fees. When considering condo fees, remember that for every $50 in condo fees, your amount purchasing power will be reduced by approximately $10,000. For example, if your condo fee is $300/month, then your purchasing power is reduced by $60,000.


Falls Katie Hofer JSRealty4U Real Estate Sterling right Location: Townhomes offer a more condensed living style than single family homes.
Amenities: Townhomes will typically be closer to amenities than single family homes. Businesses tend to locate themselves closer to smaller areas with a larger number of homes. This works out well in an area with many townhomes.
Size: With options ranging from 2 to 4 bedrooms, townhomes are often a better fit for families with children, and usually offer a small yard for your family to enjoy outdoor space.
Maintenance: Townhomes will often demand more work because you are responsible for your front & back yards, the roof, and the exterior of the home.
Price: While not quite as affordable as a condo, depending on the size and location, townhomes can be a less expensive option than a single family home. You’ll need to factor in the HOA (Home Owner’s Association) fees and what those fees includes.


Ashburn Farm Preston Real Estate jsrealty4u right Location: Single family homes tend to have more privacy, because they have a larger “footprint”, meaning there is more space overall, and your house is not attached to your neighbors.
Amenities: This could mean a short drive to shopping, dining, and entertainment, as these amenities are not always located within walking distance of single family homes.
Size: This type of home is a better option for larger families, or for people who want more indoor and outdoor space.
Maintenance: Single family homes require the most time for upkeep due to larger yards and having to take care of all 4 sides of your home (5 if you count the roof!).
Price:  Similar to a townhome, the size and location of a single family home matter when you’re talking price. You’ll also need to factor in HOA fees, and the taxes owed on the property will be higher than a townhome or condo.

As you can see there are pros and cons to each style of home. Contact the JS Realty Team and we can help you work through your options and show you what is available at a price you can afford!


Loudoun County offers a wide variety of gated communities. Whether you’re looking for a condo priced around $200,000 or a multi- million dollar home on 6 acres, Loudoun County has you covered. The JS Realty Team @ Samson Properties has the knowledge and experience to help our clients buy or sell in all of these gated communities.

JS Realty Gated Comm Belmont entranceBELMONT in Ashburn is a magnificent gated community offering condos from around $200,000 up to million dollar estate homes. Belmont also offers a wide variety of town homes. Featuring wonderful community amenities such as a championship golf club, clubhouse, pools, dining, tennis, fitness and much more! Learn more about the history and amenities by visiting their website.

JS Realty Gated Comm Creighton-Farms-ClubhouseCREIGHTON FARMS in Aldie, Virginia is an extraordinary custom home, gated community with a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Crieghton Farms boasts 184 home sites sitting on 900 breathtaking acres. Owners can choose from 1+ acre custom villas or 3-7 acre custom estates. The wealth of amenities and activities make this a world–class neighborhood. An elegant 34,000 square foot American Vernacular-style Clubhouse houses and hosts many of the community members focused facilities and programs.

JS Realty Gated Comm ParksidePARKSIDE AT ASHBURN offers affordable townhomes in a gated community. Most of the luxury townhomes are 3-level homes with 2-car garages. Parkside offers a considerable amount of private greenspace for recreation areas, basketball court, walking areas and courtyards. In addition, the community offers a resort style pool with a clubhouse, fitness areas and children’s play areas. As an added bonus, Parkside is only a mile away from the future terminus of the Metro’s Silver Line!

JS Realty River Creek Main Gate Lower waterfallRIVER CREEK was the area’s first gated community. Situated near the Potomac River in Leesburg, River Creek also has a championship Golf Course owned by ClubCorp Network – which owns hundreds of golf courses across the United States. River Creek has 1,100 homes spread out through 20 neighborhoods covering 600 acres. About half the homes are single family homes with the other half compromising of town homes and patio homes. A Clubhouse, restaurant, tennis courts, and pools are just a few of the many amenities that River Creek offers. All types of families call River Creek their home, from empty-nesters to families with children, and everything in between.

Loudoun County is also home to 2 active adult retirement communities – Lansdowne Woods in Leesburg and Potomac Green in Ashburn.

Photo Credit: Bob Nakamura
Photo Credit: Bob Nakamura

Previously known as “Leisure World”, LANSDOWNE WOODS offers prestigious home ownership in one of 4 high-rise condo buildings or in one of their 3 low-rise buildings. Featuring resort-style living with ballrooms, fitness facilities, saunas, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, massages, rooftop tennis courts and much more!

JS Realty Gated Comm Potomac GreenPOTOMAC GREEN
 offers a range of condos with prices ranging from $216,000-$391,000. Plenty of activities abound with 29,000 square foot clubhouse, indoor & outdoor pools, tennis & bocce courts, walking & jogging trails, billards and game rooms, indoor walking track and over 25 clubs and committees to entertain everyone’s needs.

From a small 1 bedroom condo to a multi-million dollar estate, Loudoun County has a gated community to fit your needs! Feel free to contact us for information on available properties in one of the communities listed here. We can help you find the home of your dreams!

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