While condos tend to offer homeowners the convenience of living in proximity to city services without spending an inordinate amount of money, they tend to sacrifice a considerable amount of personal privacy in doing so. Despite the walls that separate condo units from one another, the fact remains that everyone who lives in a condo is part of a community of others, so complete privacy isn’t really an option. Buying a standalone home, on the other hand, means that the homeowner lives only with him or herself as well as the family.
Owning and maintaining a home comes with a great deal of pride. It’s a significantly more ‘adult’ residence than a condo, since the homeowner is directly responsible for maintaining every facet of the home, from the yard to the roof. If the homeowner fails in his or her routine maintenance tasks, the home will eventually deteriorate, which means that homeowners need to take it upon themselves to keep it running smoothly. Operating a smooth, well-oiled home offers well-deserved pride to the owner, which by itself can make owning a home worth it.
While there are some truly gigantic condos available on the market, any real estate broker in San Diego will tell buyers that homes by and large tend to offer more walking room than condos. This is especially a priority for buyers with large families, as children need a lot of space to run in around in for them to exert pent-up energy.
Speaking of children running around, there’s no better place for them to do it than in a backyard. While most condos tend to have a balcony, they won’t come with a backyard unless they’re located on the ground floor. Even at that, the backyard is usually shared with other condo owners. Meanwhile, a standalone house has a full, private backyard that the owner can do what they please in. Whether it’s enjoying a day spent by the pool, or relaxing in the gazebo with a hot cup of coffee, backyards offer a ton of enjoyment that homeowners can take advantage of.
Buyers opting for standalone homes can enjoy the freedom of being able to do anything they want to their homes, any time at all. Whether the homeowner wants to break down a wall to extend the kitchen, or if they want to build one near the living room to allow for a studio, the sky’s the limit when it comes to a standalone home’s configuration options. Meanwhile, condo owners are strictly limited by the condo’s specific conduct ruleset in terms of the renovations that they are allowed to make.