Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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I too live in a condo, and something of an older one at that. Unfortunately real estate is kind of expensive where I live, especially if you are like me and live on your own and just have the single income. I see condo living as a stepping stone, but the good news in my case is that my mortgage, condo fee (which includes gas, water and power), and property taxes come out to the same amount of money as I would pay in rent every month for the same type of place. So at least I am building equity which will help me going forward. Plus I have voluntarily increased my mortgage payment somewhat and make the odd lump sum payment.
Anyway, I also have issues with noise, it travels very easily between suites. I am fortunate enough that my hours of work are outside of the "mainstream" so I tend to do my movie watching during business hours when other people are at work, or I simply wear headphones.
The trouble with human nature based on my experience with condo living is that people expect you to put up with their noise but freak out if they hear any sort of noise coming from your suite, and they can get upset if you ever complain about them.
Hopefully some of the suggestions given above will help, best of luck. I look forward to the day when I have detached living. Condo living is low maintenance but can grate on you in other ways. I guess it depends on what you value.