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Condo or Carriage House? What are the difference and benefits to each?

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Condo or Carriage House?  What are the differences? Which one is best for you and your family?  

As a developer of homes and condominiums across Chittenden County for nearly 30 years, Dousevicz Real Estate has had it's fair share of building and selling some of the areas most recognized projects.  Today we'll explore some of the critical differences (and benefits) of a carriage home vs a condominium.  

A condominium is defined as: 

an apartment house, office building, or other multiple-unit complex,the units of which are individually owned, each owner receiving arecordable deed to the individual unit purchased, including the right to sell, mortgage, etc., that unit and sharing in joint ownership of anycommon grounds, passageways, etc.

A carriage home, on the other hand, really doesn't have a set defintion in Vermont, but instead can be viewed as a single family house which holds ownership of the footprint of the land for which it sits, but shares in the land around the home commonly with the other neighbors in the project.  You may find this type of project referred to as a "PUD", but that is more a term that is used within the municipality for which the neighborhood resides and the term "carriage home" is more of a marketing term adopted in Vermont.  

Now, the biggest difference between carraige homes and condominiums is shared walls.  Condominiums share walls with their neighbors, and carriage homes do not.  Obviously, if you are sensitive to noise or if you like a bit more privacy, a carriage home is the better option for you.  

What often is similar between condominiums and carriage homes that we see selling in Vermont (mostly in such towns as Williston, Essex, and South Burlington) is that the maintenance of the grounds (snow/ plowing) and trash service is covered within your association dues.  What does differ, however, is some carriage homes include exterior maintenance in their association dues (otherwise known as HOA Fees) whereas carriage homes usually do not include exterior mainteanance, although we have seen select areas where exterior maintenance is included in the HOA fees for carriage homes.  

Another difference bewteen carriage homes and conodominiums in Vermont is insurance coverage.  Most condominiums bylaws state that insurance of the conodminium building, along with the interior of the individual condominiums, are covered within the master HOA insurance policy.  Typically, carriage homes do not cover the entire building of the detached carriage house and will only over insurance on the shared, common land, and individual home owners will need to purchase a separate traditional homeowners policy. 

If you have questions about buying a carriage house or condominium, please contact Brad Dousevicz at Dousevicz Real Estate today! Dousevicz@gmail.com

Looking for a Luxury Condo in Burlington?

Try Westlake or College and Battery - You will not be disappointed with either!

View looking South West towards Lake Champlain from Westlake

Burlington is a great city. It has a mix of charm, character, and vibrancy you will not find in other cities. Part of the great diversity in Burlington is some of the terrific housing opportunities for the discriminating buyer. Two projects that should not be over-looked in your home search are Westlake and College and Battery. Both projects offer unique benefits, as well as some of the best views in Burlington! Enjoy some of the finest sunsets in the world from either building.

College and Battery

College and Battery was constructed in 1997, and was quickly hailed as one of Burlington's premier addresses. Dousevicz Inc. was the general contractor for the project, andwasone of the exclusive listing agents for the original salesof the condominiums for the market. College and Battery is conveniently situatedclose to the waterfront and the Church St Marketplace. Enjoy all that Burlington has to offer; shopping, excellent restaurants,and cultural icons such as the Flynn Theater- all right from your front door. Most units even have fantastic views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Along with a convenient location to downtown Burlington, and the waterfront park, you will also enjoy such amenities as:

  • Secureand private parking (something that is becoming a luxury in Burlington in it's own right!)
  • Open floor plan units ranging from 1 bedroom to 3+. (A penthouse will come on themarket occasionally!)
  • Quality construction throughout, with attention to detail in each unit.
  • Private storage in the basement for each unit.
  • Location, Views, and Location!

The Westlake

Westlake Condos in Burlington VT | Downtown Burlington Condos

View looking South West towards Lake Champlain from Westlake

The quick sale of many units during the first year of marketing quickly put Westlake on the map as one of Burlington's premiere addresses. A majority of the units have sweeping 180 degree views of the Burlington waterfront, and like College and Battery, Westlake boasts one of the best locations in town; conveniently situated between the Waterfront of Lake Champlain and the Church St Marketplace.

Some of the amenities you will enjoy at Westlake:
  • Luxurious finishes. Each unit at Westlake was finished with the finest in materials. Granite countertops, top of the line appliances, exotic wood floors and tile are just some to mention here!
  • Private parking and storage. Each unit at Westlake comes with a minimum of 2 private parking spaces in the attached underground and private garage. Like the parking at College and Battery, parking at Westlake is a coveted benefit.
  • Each unit is 2 Bedroom, with 2 Baths, and most units have an additional den. Some of the units have been completely customized, which offers a great deal of diversity you will not find in other similar projects.
  • Like at College and Battery; Location, Views, and Location!
College St Burlington Condos | Battry St Burlington Condos

View looking South West towards Lake Champlain from Westlake

Whether you prefer to live at either of these exlcusive properties, it is a good idea to view your options at both. They eachoffer their own unique benefits.Enjoy working witha broker with the construction and real estate experience with both projects-- which may be your greatest resource when purchasing a condo in either project.

Call Brad today to discuss your options at College and Battery or Westlake.