by Betsy Sims
1. Location, Location, Location
Condos can afford the opportunity to live in a desired area where houses are a little…or a lot…out of your price range.
2. Easy Living
And condos are the easiest type of living! Where else can you live where your focus is only the interior of your living space? No roof repairs; no putting out grass seed or fertilizer, nor watering or mowing the lawn; no painting the exterior or cleaning the gutters. Have I convinced you yet? Condo living is truly a lock and go environment. I’ve purchased a unit in two different types of condo buildings – a mid-rise with 4 floors and a high-rise with 40 floors.
This one depends on size… high rise or low rise. Can you guess which was the quietest? If you guessed the mid-rise you are correct. Think 80 units with maybe 120 residents.
4. Party Animals and Hermits
Can you guess which affords the opportunity to meet more people? If you guessed the high-rise you are also correct. Think 300 units with maybe 500 residents. Both buildings do offer social events to get to know your neighbors. The mid-rise can fit all resident party-goers in the building’s entertainment room. The high-rise has two different approaches – a larger event in the outdoor pool area where all residents are invited as well as smaller events for groups of residents which provide a more intimate experience to get to know your neighbors.
5. HOA Services
Can you guess which building has more amenities? If you guessed the high-rise you are correct. Can you guess which building has the lowest HOA fees? If you guessed the mid-rise you are NOT correct. In both of my experiences the monthly HOA fees are within $25 between each building. Both buildings have a saltwater pool, fitness center and entertaining room.
6. Pennies A Day For More
The high-rise also offers a 24-hr concierge, movie theater, wine lockers, coffee bar, business center with computers, printers and conference rooms for meetings. And with a larger number of residents it’s easier to attract businesses to offer services – dry cleaning pickups and returns, car detailing valet services and spring cleaning days with on-site junk removal. I also hear – but unfortunately have not experienced – some high-rises offer a suite in the building for your overnight guests. Who wouldn’t love a hotel room in the building for your guests?? Did I say the monthly HOA fees are within $25 (truly pennies a day) between each building?
Now let’s talk about the quality of the amenities. The mid-rise offers a beautiful pool area with equally beautiful outdoor furniture. The high-rise also offers a beautiful pool area as well as a towel service and outdoor entertaining spaces – think cabanas, outdoor televisions, fire pits and grills. The entertaining room in the mid-rise has sofas, chairs, tables and a large bar with sink and refrigerator. The entertaining room in the high-rise includes the same type of furniture but with a gourmet kitchen.
7. High Security
Speaking of a 24-hr concierge they offer a variety of advantages on their own. They manage all package and large item deliveries. They will even get your items delivered to your unit – in the hallway or in the unit – at your request. So, no porch pirates in a condo. As all guests must check in when entering the building the concierge will call you to let you know your guests or food delivery has arrived and provide access to the elevator at your request. You don’t have to go to the lobby in the old shorts and t-shirt you’ve been wearing all day. Did I say the monthly HOA fees are within $25 between each building?
There is no perfect building. I always said I did not want to live in (a.k.a. pay for) a building with a 24-hour concierge service. Did I say the monthly HOA fees are within $25 between each building? Only you can determine the environment that works best for you as your home. If you haven’t been to the pool for a number of years maybe the mid-rise is for you. If you like a quieter and laid-back environment maybe the mid-rise is for you. If you just enjoy having a few friends over for dinner every now and then maybe the mid-rise is for you. But I can tell you as an admitted shy introvert who can’t remember the last time she has been to a pool I much prefer the energy of my high-rise.