You'll find that you have a lot of options when you decide to look at real estate. Toronto MLS sites are filled with listings representing all possible forms of real estate. There are condos, apartments, town houses, detached homes, duplexes, and even some condos and town houses that come as part of a wider condo community. Before you agree to live in such a place, you naturally want to know: what is a condo community? Will I like living in one? This article should give you the information you need to make a decision.
Before urban overpopulation really set in, each person who lived in a city or town was a member of a community. The community might consist of the whole town or of just their neighborhood, but they would have opportunities to interact with their neighbors and have input on caring for and creating common spaces. But as population density increased and condos sales took over from houses, the number of people in a neighborhood jumped and interacting together all at once became too difficult.
For years city dwellers suffered from an absence of this community feeling. While traditional city neighborhoods of low rises and homes continued to enjoy community associations, those who took up a condo rental were left to drift. That is, until someone had the idea to shrink the size of the community even further: to a single building or complex. Now many condo high rises or condo complexes are actually condo communities, with residents getting together for events and to make decisions on things that affect the whole.
Condo communities, like in Regency Condos for example, are like a cross between homeowner's associations and neighborhood groups. Many condo communities set their own rules about what can go on in the building's common spaces and the extent to which a condo owner may alter their property in order to keep things looking uniform. Condo communities may also get together for events such as parties, workshops, and town hall meetings to discuss things that concern them as a group or simply to enjoy each other's company.
When you're thinking about joining a condo community, you need to consider your options very carefully. If you're an outdoorsy environmentalist, you don't want to end up in a community of stock brokers who all drive hummers and talk of nothing but stock prices. Therefore when you're looking at the condo, look beyond it to the neighbors before you make a decision. Ask to attend a meeting or event as a guest so you can test the waters. You'll be glad you did, because not fitting into the community will sour your feeling for a condo no matter now nice it looks on the inside.