Your condo should match your lifestyle

Contributed by Mark Daye — There are many reasons why condominium living has become a popular choice for a lot of people. The right condo in the right location can be an affordable and time-saving choice of home.
Living at a downtown location close to work with most of the traditional maintenance taken care of by the condo corporation will leave you with more time to enjoy the amenities at your building.
Many condos offer outdoor barbeque areas, swimming pools, hot tubs, gymnasium, sauna, media rooms and party rooms. The list goes on and on.
While researching your condominium you should realistically take a look at the amenities while asking yourself what you will actually use. A pool is great, but if you never use it, why buy in a building that offers a pool? In the end the common element fees, or ‘condo fees’ that you pay are used to cover all of the expenses of the condo corporation, including those amenities you might never use.
It is worthwhile to find out as much as you can about the ‘social environment’ of the building. A condo with an outdoor garden space or shared laundry facility may be much more social than a building with ensuite laundry and no common garden spaces.  Do you enjoy making small talk with neighbours? Does small town life appeal to you?  A condo can be much like a vertical village where people will talk and gossip.  This is less likely to happen in a building where the residents don’t really know each other.
If you can find a condo that matches your social lifestyle, you’ll be more likely to enjoy your time there.

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