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Old 09-30-2012, 08:27 PM   #16
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We moved from a big house (2 storey with finished basement and storage in a walk-up attic) to a condo. We go rid of most of the crap from the attic that we hadn't used in years, and some furniture. We had a yard sale and got rid of a lot of stuff like kids clothes and other random things (unusued lamps).
We still had quite a bit of stuff, but found a wonderful 3 bedroom condo(and a room in the finished basement that could have been another bedroom. Our front lawn was postage stamp size, but the back was shared with several other units and backed up to a tree-lined creek that stretched out approximately 3 blocks (nobody had fenced back yard). It was absolutely perfect!
One thing that worked well for us was being attached to the neighbors by the garages(our garage was next to their garage). This completely eliminated any noise issues. We loved the neighbors we knew, and always waved when the passing the ones we didn't know. If the HOA was strict, it had no effect on us as we never had any trouble.

We had to move again this year and just couldn't find a similar condo in our new city, so we're back in a house with similar square footage as the condo.
We'd totally go back to a condo with the sufficient square footage.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:23 PM   #17
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We purchased a home in an HOA community about 4 years ago. The association manages the lawn work and snow removal, and I must say, that this is very nice! No shoveling or mowing. Although our home is in an association, it is a single family home....so no common walls. We are responsible for the general maintenance of the home, but personally, I prefer this. Most of the owners in our HOA are empty nesters, who downsized to these homes. While my home has an upstairs and a downstairs, it is designed for single level living...so, as we age, we will not have to go downstairs unless we want to do so. All living facilities we need are on the main level with no stairs. This is something to think about too. None of us are getting younger, and I know many people who are older and just can't manage stairs the way they used to.

I don't see myself ever living in a "common walled" association. That would be too much for me. But, I do like the benefits of an association for some purposes. These sorts of "villa" communities are increasingly popular for a reason.
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