Townhouse vs. Condo v.Buying

Hi guys, I am considering both and would like your input. I’m 25 and looking to purchase my first place within a few months. I’ve always been fixated on getting a garaged townhouse. I have a car that I often swap tires/brakes in etc. so a garage would really be nice to have. I don’t really care so much about the size of the place, 2-3 bedrooms would be fine. So I’ve been thinking lately and perhaps getting a condo would be a better choice. There are condos that have detached garages, I wonder if it would be permissible to do some work in them. I guess the thought of possibly saving myself 50k or so by going the condo route is intriguing. It almost seems that I could save some money, get a nicer interior, and perhaps better location if I go the condo route. I know there are cons though, higher fees, noise levels perhaps, not being able to have a grill on the deck, no direct access from garage to the house, etc…

Remember when $500k was a lot for a house?

I’m looking at houses in my area and $500k doesn’t mean much anymore. I remember about 10 or 15 years ago I knew a guy in high school whose parents built a $500k house and it was a mansion with granite floors throughout and had big iron gates out front. Back then I was floored that their house cost a half of a million dollars. Now, I’m looking at a > 100 years old house with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths for $450k as an entry level house for a growing family.
That sucks… $500k here will get you a high end 4500 sq ft house