Realtors by law are not allowed to comment on neighborhoods or schools.
That being said, it is up to you to analyze the lifestyle differences between a single family residence with 100% care of your surroundings, or a more carefree townhouse situation, where everything is more uniform, governed by the homeowners' association and restricted by the charter.
Does the house need upgrades the minute you move in or can you live in it as it is and take your time doing updates?
Appreciation is appreciation...if the market goes up 3%, it does not matter what you are living in. One other consideration, however, is what are the HOA fees (they also rise each year) and what % are deductible?