As increasing numbers of homeowners are downsizing and moving into condos, the future holds a whole new way of life for those who have never lived in a multi-family setting. Sometimes empty nesters find that living in that big, rambling home is more than they can bear with the kids all off on their own so they choose to give up life in the suburbs for a bit more activity in the city.
After all, there are no longer kids running in and out all hours of the day and night and life suddenly got altogether too boring. Did you ever think you’d miss the commotion? For millions of parents who suddenly find themselves missing all the action, condo living is the perfect solution. However, the transition may not be as easy as you think, so here are a few pointers to smooth the way ahead.
Location Is Everything
The first thing to consider is exactly where you want to live. If you’ve spent the better part of the last couple of decades living on the outskirts of the city and now find yourself migrating inward again, the location of your condo is perhaps one of the most important considerations. For example, if you have lived on the outskirts of Ottawa and are thinking of moving to a trendy downtown area, you might want to consider the Byward Market area where young professionals abound.
Here the term ‘young’ is used loosely as this area is a historic part of town and appeals to those from their twenties through older adults in their prime. With so much activity, you will soon learn to enjoy life after kids. It’s a great feeling stepping out to one of the many bars and pubs for a night on the town and not have to worry about getting back to a sitter.
Choosing the Right Condo
Once you have decided on a neighbourhood that strikes your fancy, it’s time to start thinking about exactly which condominium you’d like to live in. This is where you will probably look at a wide range of condos from those that have been previously occupied to Ottawa condos under construction. Since many neighbourhoods such as the Byward Market area are under transformation, this would be an ideal time to get in on the ground floor. No pun intended. You can pick from an assortment of units that occupy floors above art galleries, museums and cafés and be close enough to all the activity to never have enough time to miss the kids who are away at school.
Life in the Nation’s Capital
One of the most appealing aspects to living in the trendy areas of the nation’s capital is that you will most likely see and meet a huge number of international travelers. Those coming up for business or pleasure from the United States are frequent visitors to this trendy area of the province. From a wide assortment of places to dine to some of the nation’s most exciting clubs, there is always something to keep you entertained in Ottawa and that’s why so many expats tend to flock here.
So, you see, being in middle age and leaving behind the suburban lifestyle you lived for so long doesn’t need to be a traumatic experience. Simply choose a condo that inspires you in a neighbourhood that has lots going on and you will never notice that you are now living a whole new life. It’s just one more step on your journey and one you will learn to love.