You want to be close to the action, the hustle and the bustle? You want to be steps away from the best restaurants & nightlife?
But the big question is, Condo or House?
Both are great choices, but which of these options suits you? Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help determine what type of home is the best fit for your lifestyle.
How much space do you need?
Do you have a family of four? Is it just the two of you? or are you flying solo? Square footage is something to consider, as downtown condo's are generally (but of course not always) restricted to 3 bedroom units, and the rooms tend to be smaller than in a detached house. If you have a big family and everyone likes to have their space, you might opt for a larger detached home with a little more space for everyone to spread out.
Do you drive or use public transportation?
If you rely mostly on public transit, a Condo may be a great option for you, as public transit is generally a bit more easily accessible in the downtown core area of most cities. If you do drive, keep in mind that some condo's have extra monthly fee's for parking, and new construction condo's frequently require you to purchase a parking spot if you want somewhere of your beloved wheels to sleep safely at night, and those spots can be quite costly at times.
How do you feel about gardening?
If you have a green thumb and a love for lawn maintenance, chances are you're going to want an awesome backyard to tend to during the warmer months. It's not likely that you'll find a wide array of gardening opportunities in most condo's (unless you count a balcony or patio littered with flower pots a botanical oasis). Now don't get me wrong, there are a ton of beautiful things you can do on a balcony in terms of foliage, but if you're looking for a larger canvas for any landscaping projects chances are you'll be leaning towards a detached home.
What about housework?
Does the thought of spring cleaning get you fired up? Do you like to wind down after a long day with a nice game of wash the floors? Or are you super busy 7 days a week with little time to spend on housework? One perk of condo's is they tend to have less space to get messy and disorganized (not to say that's impossible, I've confused mine with a natural disaster in the past). However a lot of condo's are generally single storey, which means less of a risk your Robot Vacuum will fall down the stairs!
So whether you'd like a top floor city view, or an urban backyard garden. There's lots of fantastic living options Downtown.