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The Hamilton Spectator - - REAL ESTATE -

If you're con­sid­er­ing pur­chas­ing a condo or al­ready live in one, you're prob­a­bly aware that this life­style choice comes with a unique set of con­sid­er­a­tions. While some lament the loss of a base­ment and more space, there are plenty of rea­sons why condo liv­ing may be per­fect for you.

“If you've never lived in a condo, you might not be fa­mil­iar with the ins and outs of this par­tic­u­lar life­style,” says Ray Fer­ris, pres­i­dent of the On­tario Real Es­tate As­so­ci­a­tion. “How­ever, those who are will surely agree that this hous­ing type comes with many ben­e­fits dur­ing the win­ter months.”

With the rise in condo pop­u­lar­ity, more of us will be en­joy­ing the perks of sky-high liv­ing. Here are just a few of them:

Park­ing: Your car,

if it's parked un­der­ground, doesn't need to be warmed up in the morn­ing. Also, you never need to worry about brush­ing off snow or scrap­ing off ice.

Shov­el­ling:

Snow re­moval on drive­ways and side­walks is taken care of by build­ing main­te­nance crews at most con­dos and town­house com­plexes. They also ice th­ese ar­eas, help­ing elim­i­nate any slips and falls.

Tak­ing the garbage out:

The refuse room is on the same floor in a build­ing, so there's no need to put your coat and boots on to take out the trash.

Ameni­ties:

Th­ese will de­pend on your build­ing, but those with pools, saunas, gyms and party rooms will help keep you en­ter­tained and so­cial­iz­ing with neigh­bours all win­ter long. You can also save on a pricey monthly gym mem­ber­ship.

Se­cu­rity:

Some build­ings of­fer a se­cure en­trance or a door­man. If your idea of win­ter is get­ting away from it all, it's re­as­sur­ing to know that your home will be well pro­tected when you're ab­sent.

If you think condo liv­ing is right for you, be sure to speak with your Realtor about the many other ben­e­fits that come with this hous­ing choice.

Find more in­for­ma­tion at www.we­dothe­home­work.ca.

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