People ask how we like condo living. We LOVE it! Not having to worry about a yard and shoveling snow is wonderful!
There's nothing like defining “community” than living in a condominium complex! It's like small-town living where everyone knows everyone (maybe not intimately, but they know who you are).
We moved in at the beginning of summer, so we have had ample opportunity to meet people. The annual meeting of the HOA was nine days after we moved in. A month later, we sat with our neighbors to watch the local fireworks.
They go out to eat the first week of every month. It took us until August to make it, but that's a great time of getting to know people more intimately.
Then, of course, there is the pool. Although I wouldn't go so far as to say we moved into this community because of the pool, we are there every day we can be. Hubby and I love being around the pool—I suppose it reminds us of our early marriage when we had an in ground pool. We have met most of the people we know best at the pool.
We didn't jump on the bandwagon to take care of it until we felt more settled, but we did notice when things needed attention, and we don't wait for it to be someone's “turn.” We signed up for pool duty at the end of the summer. This will be our habit. With football season, we will not be traveling in late August and early September.
It's interesting to daily open and close the pool. We have professionals to literally “open” and “close” the pool. It takes us back to the days of checking chemical balances, pump pressure, and adding water as necessary. We have yet to add chlorine. We used liquid back in the day; now we use tablets.
The other thing about dealing with the pool is that we are responsible for opening and closing the clubhouse too. For me, it gives me a sense of ownership. Who forgot to clean that sink? Ok, I'll do it. Wipe off the counter top. Straighten out those magazines. The clubhouse belongs to us all, but it belongs to us as individuals too. If Jerry ticks me off, I can go watch TV there, providing it is not in use! I have used the clubhouse for one event. I left it in better shape than I found it.
The pool and clubhouse are within our view and we do keep our eyes out, as nosy neighbors should. We do have a neighborhood watch. He is eighty-six years old and rides his bike at all times of the day!
Our condo is on the “main drag.” Since you actually see the side of the building, it appears smaller than it is. Our patio and sun room are in the front on the street. We like sitting on our patio and watching people go by. This is not for everyone, but it takes me back to my teen years, when we lived in a house where we sat on the porch and watched the world go by. I love it.
The whole community is located off a main road. You drive off it and make another turn into the complex. It's like driving into another world. A world where people wave at you when you drive by. Try not to hit the guy on the bicycle.
I am not going to pretend I like everyone the same, but I will say I lucked out with our closest neighbors. They are remarkable.
There are still units to be sold. We (well, I am) are on the younger end of the spectrum, but people our age are looking all the time. We look forward to more age diversity. It is not a 55 and over community, but there isn't any reason for a young family to live here. We once talked to a family with a college student that was looking at the community. That would work for a few years for him, but he wouldn't make his lifelong home here.
Why did we choose this community? We are within walking distance of a dollar store, a Drug Mart, an IGA, our bank, my gym, and our Primary Care Physicians. We are way too close to McDonald's. Except for my hairdresser, we've got it made!
I have never in my life, that is MY WHOLE LIFE, nested as quickly in a home. It has everything I want or need, and I have been able to make it my own with my belongings. It is large enough that I will not get cabin fever this winter.
As I write this, we have the windows open and I'm listening to the crickets. Nothing else. It's 9:00, the pool is closed and everyone's at home.