Finding a home to fit your lifestyle can be a big challenge. There are so many options when it comes to choosing the right apartment, house or condo. The best way to narrow down your options is to take a look at your lifestyle and priorities. Chances are there is an option that will work best for you.
The Social Butterfly
A high-rise apartment building can be a great option for anyone who loves to socialize or wants to live right in the heart of the city. If you’re new in town, it can be a good way to meet new friends and neighbors. Many large apartment buildings have community features like a pool, gym or clubroom. This will give you the opportunity to meet the people that you share a building with. Remember though, you will be sharing walls, floors and ceilings with hundreds of other people. If a little bit of noise will break the deal for you, a high-rise might not be for you.
Part of a Community
If you don’t want to get too far from the city, but don’t like the idea of living thirty floors off the ground with thousands of other people, an apartment community may be your best bet. Apartment communities usually consist of multiple buildings of apartments. Sometimes the community may be gated off so that only residents have access to it. This creates a feeling of security in the community. Many apartment communities also feature perks like gyms, outdoor sports courts, pools, clubhouses and more. There are usually opportunities for meeting other members of the community but a little more space to move around than in a high-rise.
Wide Open Spaces
If you value privacy and want a lot of space to call your own, consider renting or buying a house. If you live in an area with abundant rural and suburban communities, this could be a very feasible option. Even if you’re not yet ready to buy a house, many individuals and companies rent out houses-you just have to look. Keep in mind that with a lot of land comes a lot of responsibility. Depending on your lease agreement, you may be responsible for the upkeep of your yard. Also remember that if you work in the city, you could be in store for a longer commute.
Somewhere in Between
Maybe you want a place to call your own, but without all the responsibilities of owning a house and yard. A great alternative that gives you the best of both worlds is a townhome. Townhouses usually consist of several single-family homes grouped together. In many cases, you can rent or own the inside of the home, while a separate organization owns and cares for the exterior of the building and the yard. This allows you the luxury of having a small yard without having to maintain it. Keep in mind that there are usually home ownership association fees that cover the land maintenance.