Trending Debate: Villa Communities Vs Apartment Complexes

Over the years, houses have come to be known as solid forms of investment. Whether it is for resale or for renting out, they do yield commendable income.

However, whether to invest in a Villa Community or in an Apartment Complex, is something which many prospective house owners internally debate. While we do not have a direct answer, we thought we will list out the pros and cons of both and let the investor decide what they want for themselves.

Hence, without much ado – here are the benefits and drawbacks of Villa Communities Vs Apartment Complexes.

The Villa Community

Villas gives you the feel of an independent house while still providing the benefits of housing societies. Typically, a villa community consists of a series of independent houses grouped together based on their amenities or size and a common area plus clubhouses and other facilities. Each owner would have ownership of the independent unit and the land that it is on.

Here are the benefits of villa communities – whether to invest in a Villa Community or in an Apartment Complex, is something which many prospective house owners internally debate

  • Ample space: Independent villas are spacious and there would be space around the house as well. This gives younger members of the family an opportunity to play around and space for private gardens, pets and even extra car parking.
  • Better long term investment: As long term investments (seven years or more) villas often yield better returns when compared to apartments. Villa prices appreciate at a much higher rate than apartments.
  • Privacy: No hearing other people through the walls, no footfalls on your ceiling, no complaints when you play music a little louder than normal, no leaked food smells – in short, villas offer much more privacy than apartment units. However, today many villa communities are coming up where space between 2 villas are very less. In such cases, potential threat to your privacy is more in a Villa than in an Apartment.
  • Healthier Atmosphere: Villas are often a little more remotely located than apartments. Which means that there would be less pollution, both air and noise. You’ll get to have an independent house tucked away from the rush of the city while also getting all the benefits of community living.

Now, let’s take a look at the potential drawbacks of villa communities –

  • Expensive: This one was pretty obvious. Since you get land and a house to yourself, the price reflects that. If you consider the same neighborhood, a villa would cost 3-5 times the price of a 2bhk in the same area.
  • Difficult to rent out: The tenant pool typically includes people who prefer houses that are bang in the middle of the city because accessibility is higher there. Villa communities are often tucked away from the hustle bustle of the city. This aspect makes it unlikely for the tenant pool to prefer villas over apartments.
  • Low rent yield: If at all you do manage to find tenants, the rent would be at most equal or less than apartments in busy areas. Which means that the annual rent yield would be lower than that of an apartment.
  • Maintenance: In an Apartment Complex, as common facilities are more – walls, drainage, terraces, usually multiple parties are involved in most maintenance activities. Hence they get done faster. In Villa Communities, getting maintenance work done inside/just outside the house many times becomes the headache of the resident.
  • Location: Usually Villa Communities are situated in areas far from the city and offices.

Apartment Complexes And Their Various Aspects

Take a look around, chances are high that you’ll see more apartment complexes as opposed to villa communities. And that isn’t surprising either. Apartments can provide housing to twice the number of people a villa community can.

Apart from being more economical they also provide a host of other benefits, making them hugely popular.

Benefits of apartment complexes –

  • Higher security: Although it is unlikely that villa communities are unsafe, apartment complexes have people staying very close to each other and even sharing walls. This means that cries for help, crashes or any alarming incidents have a better chance of being noticed by neighbors. The very idea of having people in close proximity often discourages criminals, thus making apartments safer.
  • Vibrant Neighborhood: As neighbors stay very close to each other, chances of them becoming like family are higher. Celebrations become more fun.
  • High chances of tenancy: The tenant pool comprises of people who migrate often and are looking for smaller units. This makes apartments a very popular choice among them. Rent yield in apartments is often higher than villas.

And now, let’s take a look at the potential cons of apartment complexes –

  • Limited privacy: Thumping sounds on the ceiling, voices through the walls, sounds of vehicles and other noises are going to be common. Sometimes, balconies and windows of different units may allow viewing into neighboring units
  • Hardly any land ownership: You only own the unit you paid for and the contents within. The share of land you own, the undivided share is often very small.
  • Highly populated: If you are not a fan of crowds, apartments could be difficult for you. Common areas and amenities would be crowded during holidays and weekends making the use of gyms, pools and other facilities hard.
  • Higher maintenance costs: As surprising as it sounds, villa communities sometimes charge lower maintenance charges than apartment complexes. The presence of elevators and increase usage of common amenities, which in turn lead to higher upkeep costs are what leads to higher monthly maintenance cost.

Which One Should I Invest In?

This is a matter of personal choice.

Keep in mind that the city you live in and proximity to schools, hospitals and other amenities too could play a significant role in the decision you make. We recommend that you speak to a few industry experts and individuals who have invested in either/both villas and apartment units before you go ahead.

We hope you found this article informative. If you have anything to add to this, feel free to let us know in the comments. Cheers!

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