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Is Condo Living For Me?

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By : Andy Asbury    99 or more times read
Quick: Do you want to be free to take more vacations? Do you want to let someone else tackle most of your home maintenance? Do you want to live in a place where a fitness room or pool is just down the hallway? Do you want to live in the middle of it all? If you answered yes to some or all of those questions, then, yes, the condo life may be for you.

Admittedly, living in a condo in an urban area is not for everyone. The neighbors are just beyond the wall, and you might be able to hear them or their pets. If that bothers you, then living in a condo may not be for you. But if you enjoy living among people with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, maybe it is.

And what about home maintenance? Some people live mowing the lawn, tinkering in the garden, or putting a fresh coat of paint on the garage door. If such exterior maintenance is your idea of a good way to spend some time, then living in a condo may not be for you. But if you would rather let someone else cut the grass, and let someone else shovel the snow on a cold winter day, then maybe it is for you. Many people who live in condos, and who do not necessarily enjoy home maintenance, find they have more time to take vacations or do other things they truly enjoy.

Think about whether you enjoy living amongst the action, or whether the thought makes you cringe. Some people are uncomfortable if they cannot hear the sounds of the city. Others like nothing more than knowing they are surrounded by silence and open spaces. If the latter describes you, urban condo living may not be for you. But if you enjoy walking to restaurants or sporting events, the option of using public transportation, or sitting on a balcony and watching people or cars whiz by, you guessed it – the condo life may be for you.

Ask condo dwellers what their favorite part of the condo lifestyle is, and you are bound to get a huge variety of answers. Some will say they like living close to work. Others will say it is exciting. And still others will marvel at all the opportunities – recreational and otherwise – that are right outside the front door. Despite the upsides, there is no doubt that some people are not cut out for life in a condo in an urban area. Still, it is never a bad idea to keep an open mind. You would be surprised how many people there are who never thought they would live in a condo, and who now cannot picture themselves living anywhere else.
Andy Asbury, author, urban REALTOR® and founder of sells Minneapolis condos for The Realty House. Find up to the minute information on Minneapolis condominiums and loft living online at or give us a call!

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