Living in a High Rise Condo: Good Choice for You?

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If you have ever considered a high rise condo as a Fort Collins CO real estate option, you have lots of options to choose from. These dwellings offer amenities only for the privileged, but that does not mean it is always the right choice for everyone looking to settle somewhere in a big city.
A high rise is a building that stands between 75 feet and 491 feet tall (higher than that and we move into skyscraper territory).

The Lifestyle of a High Rise Condo Resident

  • HOA Dues: These are paid on a monthly basis to cover expenses like staff pay, building upkeep, and repairs.
  • Noise: The higher up you are the less street noise and traffic sounds you will hear. Many high rises have noise restrictions at night. At the same time, this does not mean you will always live in a quiet environment all of the time (you do live near real people, after all). Consider your schedule, your children (if this is an issue), and your lifestyle while you weigh your options.
  • Parking: Many high rises have a parking garage for residents, but what about visitors? If more than one person lives in your condo, ask about additional parking.
  • Views: Love to see the skyline? No matter your condo location, you will probably have an awesome scene to overlook each time you open your window.
  • Amenities: Exercise centers, swimming pools, laundry facilities, valet, and club rooms are just a few of the perks when you live in a high rise condo. The more you pay, the more luxurious your amenities are likely to be.
  • Maintenance: Well, there is none. No lawn to mow, no roof to repair, and no sidewalk to shovel. This is all taken care of by staff and part of your HOA fees.
  • Commute: No, not to work. The time to get up to your floor via elevator, the energy it will take to move furniture and appliances, and the process to take your dog out are all things to consider.

The choice to live in a high rise condo requires weighing all your options, costs, and location. This type of residential living is not for everyone. Talk with an experienced broker, the condo manager, and other residents (if possible) before making a decision, and ask lots of questions.

1.     Should you rent or buy?
2.     What type of storage is available?
3.     What are the HOA fees?
4.     What are the rules regarding pets, gardening, and noise?
5.     What are the parking fees?

No matter where you choose to live, you will find things you love about your space and other things you would rather change. Whether you opt for a high rise condo, a city apartment, a house in the country, or a town home in the suburbs, wherever you are can be home. Just be sure to do your research, ask questions, and make the best decision for you and those who would be impacted by your choice of dwelling.