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Small detached vs town/semi

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Small detached vs town/semi

Assuming location is similar, what holds more value, small detached with a bigger lot (house is 1200/1300 Sq ft) vs a town/semi but around 1700 sq ft. And a smaller lot size.
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Personally I’d choose a detached even if smaller but it depends on what the town or semi has that the detached doesn’t. If both are single car garage, I’d choose detached but if the detached is single and the town is double car garage, I may get the town or semi.

Also if there are more bedrooms in one over the other or the same.

Having said that, I would say a detached generally would hold more value but it really depends on what the houses have that the other doesn’t.
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More land is always more valuable. Land is an appreciating asset. Building/house is a depreciating asset. So, go with the detached one.
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Lots of factors to consider but with little info i will always choose the detached.
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Personally I’d pick the smaller detached

Not hearing your Neighbours through the walls or sharing a driveway is priceless

Already lived in condo, town, semi and the detach is the best if your financials work out

Even then I want a larger lot to space out the houses, like on an acreage in the future
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clydelee2020 wrote: Lots of factors to consider but with little info i will always choose the detached.
This, not much info but then again it'll take A LOT of factors to make me go from detached to town/semi, like a hidden cache of gold bars in those towns/semis lol.
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aspiretobegreat wrote: Assuming location is similar, what holds more value, small detached with a bigger lot (house is 1200/1300 Sq ft) vs a town/semi but around 1700 sq ft. And a smaller lot size.
From the previous responses, you can see the "demand" for detached homes, thus to answer your question of "holding value", typically a small detached would. However, for practical reasons, if you are a family of 4 and looking to move-in, I would suggest getting something you are comfortable with as opposed to looking at resale value.
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By exact square foot, detach nets more. Value wise (IF you don't mind having an immediate beside you), then semi. I see semi as best of both worlds for many - more privacy/land than a townhouse but cheaper than a detached.

For us, we decided to go with a detached (even though it was a few hundred sq ft less than semis) because we value our privacy and wanted a bigger lot and no regrets. However, our neighbour friends who are almost all in semis love theirs. So I really think if you're buying for primary residency and not just resale, consider the lifestyle differences and not just resale value.
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for investment, i'll choose a townhouse or semi right now , just more room to grow in prices vs detached. This is from a GTA lens

people say land is more valuable in a detached..sure to an extent, you're assuming the land can be rezoned and developable in an area where rebuilds are occuring. This is a very niche view and huge majority of detached homes can't be redeveloped let alone be part of land assembly that's attractive. unless you have a large lot detached along a major collector planned for redevelopment in your lifetime or investment lifetime.

for most people, it'll just be a sale of the land/building, so detached are capping out mostly in the 1.6M range in the GTA even with the ultra low mortgage rates while towns/semis are around 1M .

with price of detached now, i'd rather buy a condo and a townhouse instead of a detached for roughly same amount of money
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Older detached. We got our 1970s detached in Kitchener for $428,000 last year, and the upgrade from renting in a townhouse is astounding. I'll never share a wall with randos in my permanent residence again if I can help it.
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StatsGuy wrote: for investment, i'll choose a townhouse or semi right now , just more room to grow in prices vs detached. This is from a GTA lens

people say land is more valuable in a detached..sure to an extent, you're assuming the land can be rezoned and developable in an area where rebuilds are occuring. This is a very niche view and huge majority of detached homes can't be redeveloped let alone be part of land assembly that's attractive. unless you have a large lot detached along a major collector planned for redevelopment in your lifetime or investment lifetime.

for most people, it'll just be a sale of the land/building, so detached are capping out mostly in the 1.6M range in the GTA even with the ultra low mortgage rates while towns/semis are around 1M .

with price of detached now, i'd rather buy a condo and a townhouse instead of a detached for roughly same amount of money
I won't speak for others responding but I wasn't referring to land being more valuable from a rebuilding perspective at all. I meant that people are willing to pay for more outside living space. As in, I will pay a premium for a bigger lot so I can enjoy more space between myself and my neighbour and for a larger deck, etc. in the backyard.
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azia wrote: I won't speak for others responding but I wasn't referring to land being more valuable from a rebuilding perspective at all. I meant that people are willing to pay for more outside living space. As in, I will pay a premium for a bigger lot so I can enjoy more space between myself and my neighbour and for a larger deck, etc. in the backyard.
I agree

I see towns and semis these days with no/very small backyards
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azia wrote: I won't speak for others responding but I wasn't referring to land being more valuable from a rebuilding perspective at all. I meant that people are willing to pay for more outside living space. As in, I will pay a premium for a bigger lot so I can enjoy more space between myself and my neighbour and for a larger deck, etc. in the backyard.
Agreed... I'd go even further and say I would rather have a smaller detached house that fits nicely on the plot, than a new style detached house that is built right up to the edges and touching distance to the neighbouring one. Just speaking for myself, I can't comprehend spending millions of dollars, or even designing a custom home, that is literally right up against the one next door.

But I must be in the minority because I also can't stand the trend of having the street name written on the front of your house either.
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aspiretobegreat wrote: I agree

I see towns and semis these days with no/very small backyards
But many townhouses have a playground. And a clubhouse.

The original question was what holds value better - it will be the detached.

But if I had a couple of kids, and was planning on the long term, the additional inside space is more valuable as kids age and have less need for a yard. Older kids spend more time inside and away from the home, they don't use a yard much anymore. Despite the many pitfalls with a townhouse, IMO, it's probably the better option from a purely practical standpoint.
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Detached of course. No strata fees, no special assessments. You can do whatever you want to your house without have to ask for permission. No neighbors playing drums right to your bedroom wall.
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Detached holds value better. And personally I would prefer a detached even if I was losing out on a couple hundred sq ft.
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A lot depends on the area & configuration. A friend of mine was looking at both semis and small detached house in his price range couple yrs back, he eventually went with a semi he liked. The semi has gone up about 150k in value in the 2yrs hes had it, while the small detached 100k in the same period. Not exact same areas but 5-10 min drive from each other. I have found that for the same price range some semi's offer more usable layouts.

And like someone else already mentioned once detached reaches a certain price point there is less relative growth.

If its same area would go for detached (tho i have seen some areas where they are priced very closely)
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I'm surprised so many are saying detached. The difference between a 1200 square foot detached and a 1700 square foot town/semi is huge. Obviously it would depend upon the floorplan, size of the family, whether it's for investment, etc. but to me it's not so cut and dry. And note there is no mention that the town is a condo town so I don't think you can assume there are condo fees but rather it's a freehold.

Now if the difference in size was closer to say 200 square feet then I agree, it's a no brainer, but 500 square feet is a lot.
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