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The New ‘Dream Home Should Be a Condo

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In The New York Times Opinion Section, Allison Arieff writes,"What if the next New American Home was a condo? And what if there was a new American dream, not of auto-dependent suburbia, but walkable urbanism?"
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My dream is to listen to my neighbors fighting, listening to their music and smelling their dinner.
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Not the condo, but the dream of walkable urbanism has been my dream from the beginning. The trouble has always been combining that dream with good public schools and affordability.
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Sounds plausible to someone living in NYC but to the people who live in the west, it’s unthinkable. Would it be better for the environment? Yes. But not all people can handle living on and around so many other people. When you’ve grown up and lived your entire life in wide open country, it would never work.
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This is entirely doable, BUT these homes and towers need to be built well (right now they're not) and for residents and families, not investors. In Toronto and Vancouver, all these new towers are tiny barely usable bachelor spaces, poor layouts, no room to grow, and slapped together to boot. We CAN design density to be a"dream home", but not until we address who we currently build it for - non-resident investors.
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Yup the dream is definitely to dump half a million dollars into a tiny box in the sky only to be told what you can and cannot do with your “property”.
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I have lived in condos and in single family homes. The autonomy of the latter -- not having to deal with jerky or intrusive people and their conflict -- has made my little urban house with a yard my dream home.
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Some of us are gardeners at heart, and a condo would be a prison.
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Agree w walkable urbanism but think that we should look at many different building types, smaller homes, townhome’s and condos as an ideal.
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But when the HOA fees are more than the mortgage.
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I would argue it already is. Owning a condo is my dream. As a young professional, I have zero interest in purchasing a single family detached home. I don't care if the house is twice the size and half the price of a condo, I will take the condo. I am also a bit minimalist, I don't need 10,000 sqft. I would struggle to decorate that much space. It is just too much. I prefer the better location and smaller space of a condo.
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Not all of us want to live where there is no yard or right up against our neighbors.
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Love living in a condo....the thought of having to maintain a single family home is a nightmare.
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