Care­free liv­ing prom­ise of con­dos

Weigh pros and cons when buy­ing

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - MAR­I­LYN WIL­SON

Many buy­ers look­ing for a life­style change won­der what it would be like to live in a condo.

But how do you de­cide if condo own­er­ship is right for you? If you’re in doubt, I sug­gest a clas­sic cat­e­go­riz­ing of pros and cons. Here are some: I’m free - dos are just as ad­ver­tised — they’re new and of­fer great de­sign and the prom­ise of a more im­por­tantly, they’re a clean en­vi­ron­ment in which to prac­tise your new life­style. The big­gest pro is that it’s a free­ing change for homeowners.

your stuff be­fore you move and that can be both phys­i­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cally dif dirty hands and angst. Time on your hands forth the prom­ise of hav­ing more time to do the things you want and spend­ing less time on the things you have to do. No more lawn mow­ing, you in or com­plain­ing when some­one for­gets to plow your

comes at a cost, mainly the condo fees that cover many of the items you have to ar­range your­self if your home is not a condo. It’s a bit like leas­ing a car — you may be paying a bit more, but at least it’s a pre­dictable ex­pense.

- cial as­sess­ment. Of course, spe­cial as­sess­ments oc­cur in sin­gle-fam­ily-dwelling own- er­ship — roofs, fur­naces and air con­di­tion­ers need re­plac­ing, win­dow seals fail — but in the condo ex­pe­ri­ence, the in­di­vid­ual owner has only mod­est in­put into the spe­cial as­sess­ment process.

do with­out air con­di­tion­ing

But the care­free life­style — that’s what it’s all about. This is a ma­jor pro. The as­so­ci­ated con will gen­er­ally not be a deal breaker. Bal­ance great op­por­tu­nity to con­sult with a feng shui spe­cial­ist and bal­ance out your un­bal­anced life­style.

Though some pooh-pooh feng shui, the con­cept in­volves space, its uti­liza­tion and the ef­fect on one’s well­be­ing.

If you think this is a good idea, it might be well to have the feng shui ex­pert eval­u­ate the condo be­fore pur­chase as that can be dif­fi­cult (read ex­pen­sive) or even im­pos­si­ble to cor­rect. Fix the flaws pro of condo liv­ing is the op in your pre­vi­ous res­i­dences — lit­tle things that an­noyed you like low ceil­ings, a sin­gle sink in the bath­room or kitchen coun­ters that were too high or low.

- looked neigh­bours’ back­yards with spec­tac­u­lar city or water views.

that too late, you re­al­ize reg­u­lar con­tact with your neigh­bours across a fence is more im­por­tant to you than a spec­tac­u­lar view.

not as bright as you liked, many con­dos of­fer plenty of light. If you crave fresh rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of hir­ing top ex­perts in ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign and has trans­lated their work into a spec­tac­u­lar space. Such ex­per­tise might not be af­ford­able for many homeowners, from it. Save on gas prob­a­bly be lo­cated smack in the mid­dle of an ur­ban cen­tre or highly pop­u­lated area.

This means there will likely be am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment within a short walk.

prob­a­bly be easy ac­cess to and sav­ing more. So­cially de­sir­able may sound like an oxy­moron, but condo liv­ing makes this a - ing rooms, along with for­mal gar­dens and games rooms, are made to ex­tend your liv­ing your own condo unit.

- por­tu­ni­ties are made easy as you’ll of­ten run into neigh­bours in the el­e­va­tors and hall­ways.

There are as many pros as there are cons for liv­ing the condo life­style. When de­cid­ing if condo liv­ing is right for you, check your pros and cons list to make the right choice.

Cal­gary Her­ald/files

A worker helps con­struct a wall within a con­do­minium devel­op­ment in Cal­gary.

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