One of the perks of living in a condo is the reprieve from home maintenance activities like mowing the lawn and trimming the bushes. But the fact that condo owners do not have their own lawn can be a double-edged sword, especially when it comes to entertaining. In many areas where the spring, summer and fall weather allows it, people enjoy hosting outdoor events and parties. So what is a condo owner to do? Plenty, as it turns out.
Many condo buildings, but not all, include green space that all owners can use. Since they do not have a lawn of their own, these public areas will have to do. And in most cases, they function just as well as the lawns on which single-family homes sit. Just get a portable grill, some chairs, and a folding table or two, and you are all set. Some condo properties also have grills and picnic tables, so you may just have to lay claim to them before someone else does.
The reality is there are some condo buildings that simply do not have green spaces, especially those located in heavily urbanized areas. Sometimes, living in the heart of the city with amenities at your fingertips comes with a trade-off. But all is not lost. In many cases, there are public parks in close proximity. While they may not be the size of Central Park in New York, they more than likely will have plenty of space for you to stage an event. The best bet is to find nearby parks and see what amenities they offer. Also keep in mind you may need to reserve them in advance. That is important to know and could prevent you from inviting your family and friends to a location that someone else already is using.
Another option also depends on your specific condo building. Some include rooftop common areas. While there is not any grass, they can be an excellent option for entertaining outdoors. If there are not already tables and chairs, you can set them up easily. You can probably lug a grill up there, too. And if you plan to entertain after the sun goes down, you may be able to treat your guests to a fantastic view of the city. They may not be able to sit in the grass, but they very well may have a viewing experience that they will talk about long into the future.
If all else fails, it is likely that your condo building has a room specifically for gatherings. Check into what it takes to reserve it. While it is not the same as entertaining outside, at least you do not have to worry about rain.
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