If you’re weighing the benefits of a single-family home versus a condominium community, sometimes the choices aren’t easy. However, for many homeowners, luxury condos such as The Cays at Ocotillo provide a perfect setting for an easy, friendly lifestyle without the inconveniences and expenses that single-family homes can bring with them. Here are just a few advantages condos offer:
1. Safety in Numbers.
If you grew up in a small town where everybody knew everybody else, the suburban or “bedroom community” neighborhood, where people barely know each other farther than a wave from adjoining driveways, is a far cry from the sense of community you’re looking for. Neighbors close by make for better security when you travel — they keep an eye on things, since they share the premises with you!— as well as an instant pool of social contacts when you’re feeling lonely.
Another “plus” to living in a planned community is that there are strict rules governing what people can use their condos for, how much noise they can make, what they need to maintain on their units, and other behavioral “guarantees.” The threat of fines and/or eviction is a powerful aid to keeping things safe and pleasant for everyone. Condo management often includes additional security features as well, such as an attended gate, doorman, or intercoms, all great helps in keeping potential trouble at bay.
2. Beautiful Surroundings and Amenities — without the Work.
If you love a well-tended lawn and flowerbeds but don’t love the sheer amount of work and energy they take, you can relax in a condo development. Management will take care of exterior maintenance of lawns, flowers, common areas, driveways, and parking spots. Many condominium settings are truly exquisite gardens in themselves, elegant enough that there’s no way one individual homeowner could keep up with all of it.
This attention extends beyond merely gardens or grass, too. Swimming pools, tennis courts, and exercise rooms are parts of many condo communities — all included in your association fees. And this pampering extends all year ’round, an especially nice perk to have in northern climates where snow and ice can be a problem. No matter what climate you’re in, having someone else seeing to maintenance of is one of the biggest benefits of living in a planned community, especially for older residents or busy young families who don’t want to spend their limited free time on house chores.
3. Location, Location, Location.
Condominium communities pride themselves on convenience, on being close to good shopping, dining, and cultural venues. Often, they’re within easy walking distances of city centers — making for shorter, less stressful commuting — as well as local events and attractions, something that can be impossible from more far-flung single-family neighborhoods. Whether you’re a person who dislikes having to use your car to “get anywhere” or you’re trying to live “greener,” this is an aspect you’ll appreciate every day.
Also, because condominiums tend to be priced lower than single-family homes, you may find that condos in your desired neighborhood are affordable, while single-family homes are beyond your means. Because you’re not generally buying land with the dwelling, a condo will give you not only more “house” for the buck but a better quality house in a more upscale neighborhood as well. In terms of your comfort level with your surroundings, this aspect alone can be priceless.
Is Condo Ownership for You?
That depends. Many times, potential buyers are so conditioned to think only of single-family homes that it comes as a surprise to them what’s available in condominiums in upscale settings such as The Cays at Ocotillo. That’s why it’s important to drill down to the things that are really important to you in your home. If a yard isn’t a huge “must”…if you’d love living in a place that’s steps from everything, that feels like living in a resort while still being right at home…and if your lender is condo-friendly, investigate the potential of this lifestyle. You may never want to live anywhere else!
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