Some of us grew up in a neighborhood. A typical afternoon scene would have kids playing ball in the street, cars parked bumper-to-bumper against the sidewalk, and the occasional sound of a lawnmower followed by someone’s dad telling him to come home to rake the yard.
Condo communities, on the other hand, often have a very different feel about them. This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, there is a lot one can appreciate about condo communities that just doesn’t happen in a neighborhood.
The most obvious differences are, of course, that you don’t have to worry about replacing the roof all by yourself, or that, at least in larger condo communities, you don’t need to worry about mowing your own lawn. But there is more to it than that. And you condo association board members know what I’m talking about.
Sometimes, condo dwellers forget about the many advantages of living in a condo. If you’re trying to put some spirit back into your community, maybe it’s a good time to remind them your residents of how condo communities are better than neighborhoods.
5 Reasons Condo Communities Are Better Than Neighborhoods
- Regular Events. Sure, neighborhoods may have block parties, but do they have a regular Wednesday night game night? This is one of the great, and often overlooked, advantages of condo living. If your association doesn’t already have some regular events in place, it doesn’t take much to get started hosting an event or two. Think trivia, movie nights, or recipe sharing.
- Exercise Space. Regardless of your age, exercise and social engagement is good for your health. For a lot of condo communities, this is a built-in amenity. You don’t need a sports club membership or to drive across town to get to an exercise facility – you can exercise in the condo health center. You also get to interact with your neighbors, which helps fill your social bucket, and in turn, makes you feel engaged with your community.
- Security. If there’s one thing condo communities have, it’s security. And I don’t mean just cameras or a security guard at the front desk, though those can both provide a sense of safety. Condos communities can offer the type of security that even close-knit neighborhoods have a hard time matching. When you know and trust your neighbors, you don’t have to worry about going away on vacation or that package that is supposed to arrive while you are at work. It’s even better when those neighbors happen to live right across the hall from you. The ease of borrowing sugar is that much easier!
- Moderation. Okay, I hate to be the one to bring up neighborhood disputes, but we’re all adults here, and it would be silly to think that everything is always hunky dory when you live around other people. We’ve all, at some point, had a neighbor who purposely didn’t get an invitation to your dinner party. If you live in a neighborhood, any problem is your problem to solve. In condo communities, however, you’ve got a condo board and a condo property manager to help enforce established rules and to facilitate the resolution of disputes.
- Less expensive overall. Obviously, this isn’t an absolute, but think about the expensive things that you don’t have to pay for when you live in a condo. Lawn mowers can range from $200 to $500, and if you contract with someone to snowplow your driveway, that could cost $40 or $50 per storm. If you have to replace the liner in your swimming pool, you could be looking at a bill of several thousand dollars. When you think about spreading those costs around to an entire community, it makes it much easier to open your wallet.
There are so many great reasons to live in a condo. The affordability, the convenience, and the location of many condo developments is a big plus. Condos are one way to live in areas that might otherwise not be affordable. You also have a tangible investment; you aren’t just handing money over for an apartment’s rent. You’re investing in your future.
So next time the condo owners in your association are feeling like condo living isn’t all that great, remind them of these and the many other advantages condo living offers.
But we’d love to hear from you, too. Do you think condo communities are better than neighborhoods? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments.
At Evercondo, our goal is to make condo living as fantastic as we know it can be. Evercondo makes it easy to track visitor parking, manage package deliveries, communicate with residents, and so much more. Contact us for a demonstration, and we’ll show you how we can facilitate communication throughout your condo association, from owners to property managers.