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How small is your condo?

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Jeremyl007 wrote:
Feb 15th, 2019 11:00 am
Two words - lifestyle choice... i enjoy my backyard bbq especially in the summer
Condos have Webber gas bbqs in terraced areas with sinks/landscaping

When we goto BBQ gatherings, we goto friends who lives in condo due to better equipment and more space .
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TomLafinsky wrote:
Feb 15th, 2019 11:49 am
Most often, one lives where one can afford it. There is no need to debate the details.
You asked how people manage living in condos and he provided reasons. If there's no need to debate the details why make this thread?
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763 sqft. I would do things very differently if I could go back to when I bought this condo. For one thing, $500 /mo maintenance is definitely something I didn't sign up for.
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mefromparadise wrote:
Feb 15th, 2019 1:56 pm
763 sqft. I would do things very differently if I could go back to when I bought this condo. For one thing, $500 /mo maintenance is definitely something I didn't sign up for.
Yeah I forgot about the condo fees. In many cases it is almost like paying rent. And on top of that you now have a mortgage. And condo fees do increase. Not to mention the sometimes insane condo rules.
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Condo fees are just part of maintenance. Paying condo fees or an redoing your roof are all part of home ownership just different types. Like all things you should do your research. If you don’t plan on using a pool or gym or whatever amenities don’t buy a condo w those so you don’t pay fees for those. It’s the same decision in a house. If you don’t want to maintain a pool in a house you don’t buy a house w pool.

This thread shouldn’t devolve into a which choice is better because the answer is really « it depends ».
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TomLafinsky wrote:
Feb 14th, 2019 7:46 pm
Quite interesting. My house has 5 bedrooms/5 bathrooms. But only 2 bedrooms are used as bedrooms. I find the other bedrooms very useful. For example, one bedroom on the second floor is used as a home theatre. Another bedroom is used as my office. And another one for my dog. The den is used as exercise room (treadmill and elliptical). Sunken living room is for the piano. But like you the formal dining room has been rarely used.

Before living here I was in a 1200 sqft condo and although it was very nice, you can't beat having more space. In particular now that I have a large dog.

I just find tiny condo to be intoxicating. Almost like a prison cell :(
We have a 4 bedroom house (2 adults and 2 dogs). It isn't huge (2100sf or so). Our master bedroom, one bedroom set up as a guest room, one bedroom is our office with a couch that can also fold into a bed, one bedroom is my music room with my guitars, drums, keyboard, turntable and all my vinyl, amps, microphones, etc. In the basement (unfinished) we have our projector and movie screen plus a couch and chairs for movie nights, deep freezers, storage (crap lol), and my treadmill. On the main floor we have our family room area, breakfast room (really the dogs' area during the day when we are at work with their beds and everything, kitchn, dining room, and our more formal living room. We love and use the whole house. I would go insane in 400sf even if it were just me.
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Jeremyl007 wrote:
Feb 15th, 2019 11:00 am
Two words - lifestyle choice... i enjoy my backyard bbq especially in the summer
And we enjoy all that, plus our in ground pool in the summer. I wouldn't trade our space for anything. I'm usually at work within 30 minutes, less on a good day. A bit more today and yesterday (weather).
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TomLafinsky wrote:
Feb 15th, 2019 2:15 pm
Yeah I forgot about the condo fees. In many cases it is almost like paying rent. And on top of that you now have a mortgage. And condo fees do increase. Not to mention the sometimes insane condo rules.
I lived in a condo for 8 years. Drove me nuts with the stupid rules and "politics" of the place. Never again if I can help it.
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tsingoo wrote:
Feb 15th, 2019 1:13 pm
You asked how people manage living in condos and he provided reasons. If there's no need to debate the details why make this thread?
I agree, more over I don't understand OP's desire to know how people manage to live in small condo, when he moved to house. I guess point of this post is to show off and justify his decision to move out of the city.
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Chickinvic wrote:
Feb 15th, 2019 3:02 pm
We have a 4 bedroom house (2 adults and 2 dogs). It isn't huge (2100sf or so). Our master bedroom, one bedroom set up as a guest room, one bedroom is our office with a couch that can also fold into a bed, one bedroom is my music room with my guitars, drums, keyboard, turntable and all my vinyl, amps, microphones, etc. In the basement (unfinished) we have our projector and movie screen plus a couch and chairs for movie nights, deep freezers, storage (crap lol), and my treadmill. On the main floor we have our family room area, breakfast room (really the dogs' area during the day when we are at work with their beds and everything, kitchn, dining room, and our more formal living room. We love and use the whole house. I would go insane in 400sf even if it were just me.
It sounds like you are making very good use of all the available space. Good for you!
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ilim wrote:
Feb 15th, 2019 4:12 pm
I agree, more over I don't understand OP's desire to know how people manage to live in small condo, when he moved to house. I guess point of this post is to show off and justify his decision to move out of the city.
I asked how small is your condo as I had not realized that major builders could be offering such a small living quarters. I mean less than 400 sqft??? This is not Japan we are talking about. It is Canada with a low density population and the second largest country in the world. And I also asked how do you manage with such a small place? I think I would go bonkers.
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Thread title is missing 'm' at the end of the sentence.
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We live in Muskoka now, but when the kids move out, I can see us possibly keeping a very small condo in Toronto. A pied a terre, they are called. Basically your own hotel room for visits. I have always liked the idea of small, simple living.

But I would never live in the city again while also needing to get around for work. Everyone there complains about traffic and transit, but trust me, you really can;t understand the insanity of it until you move somewhere else and then come back to visit it. People acclimatize to the madness, but are losing substantial parts of their limited lifespan. Plus the stress of it. It's fun to visit once in awhile, and not need to be anywhere at any certain time.
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Bullseye wrote: We live in Muskoka now, but when the kids move out, I can see us possibly keeping a very small condo in Toronto. A pied a terre, they are called. Basically your own hotel room for visits. I have always liked the idea of small, simple living.

But I would never live in the city again while also needing to get around for work. Everyone there complains about traffic and transit, but trust me, you really can;t understand the insanity of it until you move somewhere else and then come back to visit it. People acclimatize to the madness, but are losing substantial parts of their limited lifespan. Plus the stress of it. It's fun to visit once in awhile, and not need to be anywhere at any certain time.
Can we stay with you in Muskoka for a bit, to understand it?
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I lived in a 700 square foot condo for 7 years. It was big enough for just me solo but it didn't have a proper dining room table, just a bar height table with 3 chairs. It was big enough for me but it was just me and I couldn't really invite too many people. I can't imagine 2 or more people living in a space that big but I sold it last year to a couple expecting a child while I moved into a 2000 square foot house with the (now) fiance. In fact, pretty much every potential buyer was a couple or some sort of a partnership and they all complained that it was small for two people .... duhhhh. It was a 1+1 meant for a single person but the market has changed and few single people can afford a mortgage like that any more.

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