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Old 08-27-2011, 03:59 PM
 
Location: In a house
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fyi: this thread is 4 years old, and the poster known as wrr hasn't posted on city-data since March 2008. I'm guessing he really doesn't care about anyone's opinion here anymore.
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Old 09-11-2011, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Florida -
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Default Condo Living is Great!

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My husband and I are in our late 40's, early 50's and we will be signing a contract for a 2,000+SF condo today. I have owned 3 single family houses in the past while my kids were growing up because they needed the space. But at our ages and now that all kids are grown, we have come to love condo living. Neither of us are fond of yard work. Now we love to travel, go to the beach, bike and take walks and find it convenient not having to worry about the maint of a house as well as who to ask to get our mail when we are away. Our Condo community offers a pool and workout room so he can swim with the grandkids and I can work out. The floorplan is open which is great for entertaining & holiday dinners. We also have a 2car garage, a man cave and a nice sized fenced patio where we can get away from one another when necessary (LOL).We plan to be on the homeowners board to help keep the crazies from going too far with rules.(LOL)
We're in our 60's and feel the same way, having gone from a series of homes to waterfront condos about 10 years ago. However, a big motivator was to get away from a lot of the 'homework'. Ultimately, I wound-up as President of a couple of different condo boards (NOT because I wanted to, but, by default).

Being on the HOA involved more work, but, my approach was to simply get the job done the best way possible ...and stay out of everyone else's business. That's a 2-way street ... not only do owners NOT feel like some HOA board is intruding/imposing upon them, ... but, it also keeps owners from gettin the notion that CONDOS are the same as HOTELS, and the HOA Pres. is 'like' the Manager to whom everyone reports problems ... at all hours of the day or night.

We recently moved and are buying another harbor-front condo, with little concern over issues frequently mentioned (eg; lack of privacy, 'condo nazis', oppressive rules, etc). I think the big part of condo living is understanding the nature of condo's (not hotels or private estates, but, private dwellings with shared common spaces).
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I would personally prefer a house, because of greater freedom, privacy and control, with no shared property or association fees, which cost much more than plowing or landscaping services.
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Old 09-12-2011, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Wherever women are
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Over the weekend, I made the boldest decision of my life to date.

I'm buying a house somewhere in the Greenwich to Norwalk strip, preferrably closer to Greenwich.

I am tired of apartment life, so I called this realtor who accidentally met me when I was staying in a hotel back in November. He showed me the condos and houses from his iPad and while the condos look nice, I want a house

Condos are nothing but an apartment style place all over again, and why would I want that

I'm hoping to net something in the 600 to 800K range. My credit score just touched 800 and I will be able to manage even a payment of 2500 a month.
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Wherever women are
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Folks, I have a weird question. I recently saw in the news about a homeowner getting arrested for slaughtering a cow in his driveway.

My mom's the one pushing me to buy a house and she will be over here for the housewarming ceremony, my lease ends in Jan, so I have to buy a house before that.

Part of our tradition is to decorate a cow and take the cow into the house the first time. We're catholic, but my mother is hyper-traditional with Indian hindu customs when it comes to these matters. Becoz the nandi is a sign of wealth and prosperity. We won't slaughter it though LOL. It will be returned to the hindu temple.

Will this form of activity cause ruckus with the neighbours?? That would be bad
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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Part of our tradition is to decorate a cow and take the cow into the house the first time. We're catholic, but my mother is hyper-traditional with Indian hindu customs when it comes to these matters. Becoz the nandi is a sign of wealth and prosperity. We won't slaughter it though LOL. It will be returned to the hindu temple.

Will this form of activity cause ruckus with the neighbours?? That would be bad

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Old 09-12-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Folks, I have a weird question. I recently saw in the news about a homeowner getting arrested for slaughtering a cow in his driveway.

My mom's the one pushing me to buy a house and she will be over here for the housewarming ceremony, my lease ends in Jan, so I have to buy a house before that.

Part of our tradition is to decorate a cow and take the cow into the house the first time. We're catholic, but my mother is hyper-traditional with Indian hindu customs when it comes to these matters. Becoz the nandi is a sign of wealth and prosperity. We won't slaughter it though LOL. It will be returned to the hindu temple.

Will this form of activity cause ruckus with the neighbours?? That would be bad
It might be looked upon as unusual. You should try to explain this to your new neighbors and if possible invite them to participate. That may help them understand the tradition. Jay
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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Cute Stratford! I'll apologize now Antlered- all I keep thinking about is Bubble Boy 2
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Wherever women are
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Cute Stratford! I'll apologize now Antlered- all I keep thinking about is Bubble Boy 2
Apologize for what?

I thought that was funny
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