The concentration of shared living space which most high rise condominiums naturally consists of can scale into lower living expenses for residences on a per square foot basis. This means high rise living is affordable, surprisingly! Usually you will pay less for a high rise condo than you will for a similar size house in a high price market. Not only do you get more for your money on a per square foot basis, but when you find a building in an area of town you like, you generally can find a unit on a floor with views you could never find in a house.
HOAs in High Rise Living is Affordable
Where the advantages of scale come most into focus are in the areas of amenities. Most home owners bemoan the additional cost of HOA fees (Homeowners Association) when they compare living in a house versus a high rise condo. However, when you compare the cost of HOA fees versus maintaining your own home, the lifestyle advantages of high rise condo living come more into focus. Generally, costs such as water and gas are covered in the monthly HOA fee. These two municipal services alone can count for several hundreds of dollars. Electricity, depending on the size of the condo is usually a cost borne by the user. However, in a high rise, there is a much more efficient use of cooling and heating because of the interior walls, and that translates into significantly lower electricity costs.
Bye-Bye Maintenance in High Rise Living
Lifestyle advantages which high rise condos generally deliver include no lawn or pool maintenance and security. These costs are built into the HOAs but because they are shared, they are generally lower than if you had to pay for them yourself living in a home. Depending on the size of a property, lawn maintenance alone can be a hundred dollars or more a month, not to mention the water needed to care for it. Some intangibles included in the HOAs are valet services, gym memberships and on-site maintenance service which is a phone call and minutes away. No need to pay for Angie’s List when your maintenance manager is downstairs waiting for someone to help. Add up all this savings of money and time, and high rise living is affordable.
High rise living and social engagement can be as little or as big as you want it to be. For example, every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, residents of a given high rise are invited to meet in their clubroom for a Happy Hour and happy hour it is! The organizers bring wine and snacks, and once a month a cake is brought in for all those celebrating birthdays during the month. The volume of voices and laughter increases incrementally over the hour until small parties of 3-5 circle closer together in order to be heard. This get together happens every week mainly with the same people, and ends with the same outcome of voices and laughter. New residents are always welcome and encouraged to attend. It’s usually a crowd who has the time to gather during the late afternoon but the older you are the less important your age seems to be. Continue reading
There’s no doubt amenities make for easy high rise living. In fact, the staff at most high end high rises have been trained by some of the most prestigious hotel management properties in the world. In most major cities throughout the country, high end hotels such as the Ritz Carlton and the Mansion in Dallas have developed residential condominiums right next to their hotels. This mixed use of hotels and residence living allows the hotels to scale their first class service and provide the residents in the shared property the convenience and service often only associated with hotel guests. For example, if hosting a party at your home, all you need to do is place a call to the kitchen and they will send up a fully prepared menu to satisfy your guests along with the service personnel trained to provide first class service. Continue reading
Who doesn’t want someone to open the door for you as you enter or leave your home? You don’t have to be a member of the Top 100 wealthiest to live like one when you live the easy life of high rise living. Literally doors open for you when you live in an environment designed specifically for your ease of living. Collectively speaking, when the design of your living space is based on the greatest amount of comfort and aesthetic appeal possible, the outcome is generally one of high appeal.
Beauty and Stress Free in High Rise Living
Aside from magnificent fresh floral arrangements which seem to magically appear in hallways and foyers throughout the building on what seems to be on a daily basis, there always seems to be a genuine feeling of camaraderie between the people who live quietly around you. Graciousness usually abound in a high rise because people generally don’t have much stress in their lives when they’re enjoying the easy life of high rise living. They’re not worried about the endless to-do list which accompanies living in a house. Not to mention, the angst which derives from living on a block where each home competes for the best and greenest lawn.
Sense of Equality in High Rise Living
When you live the easy life of high rise living there is no competition amongst the neighbors who live in the same building. Their house isn’t bigger or smaller, their yard isn’t more or less manicured, the cars parked in the driveway are not cleaner or shinier then yours. When you live in a shared environment at least in the common areas, there is a sense of equality that creates commonality amongst all who live together under one big shared roof. When you see a neighbor in a hallway or share an elevator ride, which in fact doesn’t happen very often, it’s almost a surprise and you welcome the small and sincere interaction. The doors may be all the same, but the people behind them are as varied as the flowers in a botanical garden.
High rise living often begets built in accommodations such as a library room, business office or conference room. Beautiful lobbies often accompany today’s high rises which almost have exquisite sitting areas where one can relax in what could be described as a grand parlor. It’s not quite all yours, but a small section of that sofa is.
There are many advantages to living the high life in a high rise and some are not always obvious. For example, the views at sunrise or sunset, or just the views in general. Living in a house rarely affords you the pleasure of watching one of nature’s most amazing daily spectacles and it happens twice a day! Aside from the occasional gray, rainy or fog strewn days, high rises are just that; high rises. You don’t have to be on vacation at a seashore to witness one of the truly unique expressions of love that exists in the world. And, the best part is no two sunrises or sunsets are ever alike. Your windows become a canvas of light, color, and shapes, which never cease to change. When living in a high rise, you’ll know the weather forecast before the weatherman does. And, when it does change, when the thunderheads appear on the horizon and start to light up as they soar to the heavens, there might not be anything more mesmerizing to watch in nature. But, one thing for sure, here comes the rain. Continue reading
There are many advantages to High Rise Living, but is it right for you? For instance, when you travel do you like to worry about your home or your belongings being tucked away into a thief’s black bag? Or, when you hear the back door creek open in the middle of the night, do you like to worry about who or what the heck it is? If those types of worrisome things are something you enjoy by no means is high-rise living for you.
Now, if you’re the type of person who wants more time and a carefree lifestyle, then you may enjoy high-rise living and the advantages it provides. Not having to worry about your stuff is just one of them.