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Kids and Condos: Making It Work

Kids and Condos: Making It Work

Condos are often considered non-ideal places for children, but many urban professionals have to make do with them as the only option. In fact, if you take a few things into consideration, a condo can be just as suited to children as a house in the suburbs. Here is our list of the top things to look into for a kid-friendly condo experience:

1. Location

As with all real estate, location trumps all other factors. Look for family-oriented neighborhoods that offer things like access public parks instead of noise-heavy nightlife hotspots or “affordable” real estate in neighborhoods of questionable safety.

2. Neighbors

Your living experience will go a lot more smoothly if some of your neighbors are also raising children and in the same family mindset. This will inform building noise rules, as well as offering your children potential playmates.

3. Amenities

Some building amenities are more important than others when it comes to accommodating children. If you have a newborn or are expecting, a building with an elevator will facilitate access to the higher floors when you graduate to a stroller. If your children are older, amenities like a fitness room or outdoor space will help them (and you) get some physical exercise.

4. Security

Lastly, you’ll want to make sure your children will be safe in your condo building. You can request information from the association regarding the building meeting fire codes and building codes to ensure safety. In addition, you’ll want to make sure that the building entrance securely keeps out strangers.

A little forethought can go a long way. Follow these four areas, and your condo will be a good match for children.

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