Thinking about making the move to the high rise condo life.

What do I need to look for when buying, selecting an agent and what are the positives and negatives of this lifestyle?
  • June 25 2012 - Mid Wilshire
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Hi Stepham,
High Rise Condo life is convenient. It's great for the person who travels since you will not have a yard or outside maintainence to think about. In selecting an agent, go with one who has sold condo's before and who works in your area.
  • July 19 2012
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Some people do well with high rise condo living, others don't.   In addition, quality of life and be affected by quality of construction and condo management.

Living:

Sounds:  sounds go between walls, ceiling, floor.   In a house you can wander around in your hard shoes on a hardwood floor or a child can bounce up and down all day and all is fine.  In a high rise, the person below will be livid quite quickly.    Water noise in the walls and above/below can be irritating - how is it sound proofed?   The couple above you decides to (ahem) at 2 am, you'll know about it.  TV on at all hours?

Smells:  the person besides you, below you or above you smokes?  You'll know about it.   Burns their dinner?  You'll know about it.   Cooks spicy food, you'll know about it.   BBQ on the lanai?  It all goes up right into your windows. 

A well constructed building has minimal noise/scent sharing.  A lousy building, too much.

Chosen well you may find that you are car free, close to work, close to the things in life you love (concerts, restaurants, parks?)



  • June 25 2012
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High rise luxury condo living can be heavenly when the conditions are right. If the building is a full service building, that's even better.

You will however, need to do quite a bit of due diligence before you buy. First make sure you are working with a seasoned real estate agent who understands what to look for while assisting you to do your due diligence (i.e. the CC&Rs, minutes and other reports). Secondly, pay close attention to how well the property is maintained that can tell you a little about the management.  And finally, if possible, visit during times when many of the residence are home. See how noisey or quite it appears to be.

These are just a few things. How it gives you some insight

  • June 25 2012
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I actually moved from 3000 sq ft home in suburbia to a high rise condo a number of years ago. It was a major lifestyle change and unfortunately we had to move back because the commute was just too long. The major change was realizing that everything you do affects your neighbors but more importantly, everything they do affects you. You here them, you smell them, they are always very in very close proximity.

As far as buying a property, check the management company and association very closely, ask other people who live in the building their opinion. I bought into what was supposed to be a "Luxury" Condo Complex and the Association treated us like renters. Our Management Company was Merit Management and they might be good for apartments, but they treat home owners terrible. We still own the place and rent it out and they still manage the property, but I could never live there again. The Management Company can make or break a lifestyle when you are in a confirned area.
  • June 25 2012
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