OliverParticipantTopics: 2 Replies: 40
My fiancée and I are going to buy our first place together, that we’re hoping to move into after our wedding/honeymoon later this year. Both of us have lived in houses all our lives, but we want to try living in a condo because it seems more convenient.
We have actually narrowed down our search to two places: a house and a condo. Both places are actually quite close to each other, in Toronto. The house is closer to my fiancée’s workplace, while the condo is closer to my workplace. Obviously the house is larger in size, but the condo is also slightly more affordable.
What we currently have is a dilemma. We don’t know whether to go with the house or the condo. They both have their pros and cons, but which lifestyle should we go for?
Edited to add: Just a little background about us… We currently have a cat. We’re probably not going to have kids (just not for us). We are both working in comfortable full-time jobs, so money is not the most essential component in our decision making (although still important, obviously).
KatyParticipantTopics: 7 Replies: 52
House. I could never understand the appeal of living in a condo. It feels so…confining.
BrettParticipantTopics: 4 Replies: 69
Condos all the way. I, for one, don’t understand the appeal of houses. If it’s just the two of you (and a cat), why do you need all that space? Live modestly, and spend the extra money you save from living in a condo by pursuing other interests instead.
TeresaParticipantTopics: 6 Replies: 72
Another vote for condos here. I’m actually living in a Toronto condo right now. I might want to own a house one day, but one thing I can vouch for is that I love the condo life. Here are some pros and cons of this lifestyle.
+ Monthly utilities are easily handled and managed through condo fees.
+ Small but cozy space, so everything is within reach. I live in a 2-bedroom place, and it doesn’t feel confining at all.
+ There’s a pool and a gym within walking distance, which is perfect for exercise.
+ Winters in Toronto. Oh my god. When the snowstorms strike, you will appreciate living in a condo during that season.
– Condo fees can be expensive, depending on where you live and what condo you buy.
– It can get a bit noisy sometimes, depending on what type of neighbours you get.
– Getting laundry done can be a hassle.
Since neither of you have lived in a condo before, I’d recommend you read up more about them. Go through a few condo real estate websites (i.e. Toronto Condo Team has great resources) and learn more about condos before you jump into a brand new lifestyle. Some little things you take for granted might surprise you.
NatalieMemberTopics: 8 Replies: 62
Whatever you decide, just know that you aren’t restricted to one place for the rest of your life. Your priorities can change. You may get a new job. You may decide to have kids. You may want to live in a condo now, but decide to live in a house at a later stage of your life, or vice versa.
JacksonMemberTopics: 1 Replies: 42
Condos are so much simpler. There are so many things you don’t need to take care for, perfect for anybody who wants to lead a low-maintenance life. Yeah, there are a few cons (bad neighbours, high fees), but the good parts outweigh the bad.
FaithParticipantTopics: 9 Replies: 40
If you ever change your mind and decide to have kids, you’re gonna want to live in a house. Just sayin’.
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