Condo Vs. House: Which Is Best For Your Lifestyle?

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Some people love living in condos, while others swear by single family detached homes. When it comes to deciding between the two, however, you can’t always rely on someone else’s word. Sometimes it’s as simple as understanding and assessing your lifestyle to make the best choice, since condo living and home ownership are two radically different experiences, and thereby serve two very different types of lifestyles and personalities. Here are a few considerations if you’re trying to decide whether you should invest in a house or a condo in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area.


House: Best If You Have A Furry Friend



Do you have a furry friend or two that are an integral part of your family? Depending on their size and species, you may want to consider a detached house over a condo, simply for the amount of space available. If you have dogs, you should consider that many condominiums don’t allow certain numbers, sizes, or breeds, and this could be just another reason you opt for a house. Having a backyard for your dogs to play in, and being able to avoid the daily elevator rides, are just more reasons to add to the list.


Condo: Best If You’re a Busy Traveling Business Person




If you’re a busy businessperson who’s rarely ever home, you may want to consider condo-style living. Firstly, you may be able to save on mortgage costs, which will certainly help you reach your financial goals, and you will have fewer worries involved than you would if you owned a detached home. Full size houses require significant upkeep, which is a major time investment. In contrast, a condo is a typically turnkey living space that gives you the amenities you need without the responsibilities of home ownership. If you hardly entertain and would like a space to enjoy yourself during your off time, living in a condo might be just the perfect setup for you, the busy business-minded individual.


House: Best If You Like Privacy And Control




If you’re someone who adores your privacy and likes to be in complete control of the maintenance and care of your home, a detached house is certainly the best option for you. Having your own detached house means living with added privacy, as you won’t have neighbors as close by as would be the case if you were living in a condominium. You’ll also be pleased to be the sole decision maker when it comes to the upkeep and maintenance schedule of the various aspects of your home. Rather than ask a HOA manager for permission to, say, paint your front door, you can simply paint your front door.


Condo: If You’re A Single Minimalist




Condo living can be great for single people and minimalists. If you prefer to live on the lighter side, with fewer responsibilities and chores, a condo setup can be extremely rewarding. All of the big stuff will likely be taken care of, and all you’ll have to worry about is the minimal space inside of your four walls. If you decide to travel for an extended period, it’s much easier to find short-term tenants for condos than for houses.


It can be difficult to decide whether a house or condo is best suited to your lifestyle. Don’t be shy to ask your friends and family what they think of your personality, and do your due diligence to discover which home is best to accommodate your daily life. Once you’ve made your decision, contact me at or call me at 602-531-0435 and we will find the home that fits your lifestyle.

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Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Jeff, great comparison between condo or a house. I know people who prefer condo living because they would rather spend their time travelling than maintaining a home. 

Apr 07, 2014 01:54 PM #1
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

GOOD MORNING JEFF!  Nice approach to answering this question - in AZ, I think the other category would be "snowbird" - I think condos work well for snowbirds too!

Apr 08, 2014 10:29 PM #2
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

If you have kids and pets, a house offers more privacy and freedom.

My clients always ask this question: ''condo or house''?

There are many pros and cons for each choice.

Apr 17, 2014 03:17 PM #3
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Jeff,  You've done a really nice job of comparing condos vs homes for buyers.  We have a lot of snowbirds and snowflakes that come to south Florida.  As you say, some prefer homes while others prefer condos, where all they have to do is lock the door when they leave.  

Apr 22, 2014 12:15 PM #4
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