Active Home: Leisurely Living
Redefining the condo market in rural communities
By Tania Richardson
Photography, Melandro Quilatan of Tomas Pearce Interior Design
Condo living is no longer for city dwellers, only. More and more developers are shifting their focus to rural and suburban communities throughout Ontario.
Unlike the condo footprints in urban centres, which seem to be getting smaller, rural condo buildings offer more space, luxury design and well-appointed interiors. New home buyers of all ages appreciate the additional square footage and large walk-out balconies, as well reconfigured layouts in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Urban condominium projects are all about maximizing the available square footage for top dollar, and many are geared towards the first-time home buyer or the investor market. When it comes to rural condominium buildings, the focus is on spacious floorplans, in addition to a better quality of life for the end user. Builders are also offering custom alternatives in terms of layouts and suite finishes to accentuate personal living styles.
For home owners who are looking to downsize, there are many features and benefits that come with community condo living.
Developers spend a great deal of time and money choosing prime locations that will attract purchasers. Even in rural locations, they tend to look for sites that are adjacent to retail, dining, public transportation and outdoor green space.
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO TRAVEL, THERE’S NOTHING LIKE LOCKING YOUR DOOR AND KNOWING THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE WELL LOOKED AFTER WHILE YOU’RE AWAY.
Without the added responsibilities of maintaining a home, condo living offers a sense of freedom from day-to-day chores and upkeep – both inside and out. Not only do you save on unexpected maintenance costs, but you have more free time for family, friends, hobbies and travel.
Many condominium communities are allencompassing, in that they have a gym, pool and/or spa on site, in addition to scheduled programs, workshops and social gatherings. Some have guest suites available, as well as private spaces that can be rented for family celebrations or parties.
Most buildings employ a concierge or security guard, providing the condo owners with peace-of-mind. Knowing that entry doors are secure, and that strangers won’t be knocking at your door unannounced, is a great comfort. In addition, packages or deliveries can be received while you are away.
Because condominium units are generally smaller than a freehold dwelling, they are easier to clean and maintain, which also translates into monetary savings. For those who love to travel, there’s nothing like locking your door and knowing that everything will be well looked after while you’re away.
For some, condo living requires a shift in mindset and a willingness to break free from the maintenance and responsibilities associated with a larger, freehold property. For those who are looking to embrace a simplified lifestyle, with a better quality of life, condo living is an obvious choice.
Tania Richardson is CEO and Co-founder of Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc. tomaspearce.com