There are many people in Australia who haven’t lived in a unit before, and might not have even thought about doing so – here apartment living is a relatively recent phenomenon. But while there are plenty of obvious differences between traditional dwellings and apartments, some of the most important – the ones that will have the greatest effect on the way you live – are often ignored by people who don’t understand what apartment living entails.
So let’s take a look at five major differences between apartment living and traditional residential living, and see why you might fall in love with life in a modern unit.
Apartment living is far more cost-effective than traditional living. Apartments are more compact than normal houses, which makes them more cost-effective to build (they require less construction material and far less land), and cheaper to live in (a small home is easier to heat and cool, and will be built by leading architects to be as energy efficient as possible). In fact, with apartments sharing walls, your neighbours will help your unit to retain its warmth in winter and coolness in summer!
Further to their cost-effectiveness, the fact that you can fit dozens of apartments on a site that might only fit one or two townhouses means that you’ll be able to rent or buy an apartment in suburbs that you simply couldn’t afford if you were looking for a traditional dwelling. Thanks to apartments, a property in a luxurious, upscale area becomes affordable for a middle income earner.
The new residential developments popping up across Sydney offer investors the best and most cost-effective way to buy a brand new property. And because these properties are brand new, they require zero maintenance – if an issue does arise, it’s simply a matter of contacting the building manager, who will then be responsible for fixing the issue.
You can also say goodbye to pushing around the lawnmower on a hot summer’s day – with just a balcony to take care of, your outdoor responsibilities are minimal. That isn’t to say that you won’t get to enjoy a nice green space though – modern developers understand the importance of nature, and often build shared gardens and lawns for all residents to enjoy.
In order for someone to gain entry into your apartment, they’ll have to get through the building’s main door, enter the lift, find your floor and finally break through your front door. At each of these stages a modern apartment will have a security checkpoint; whether it’s a manned post at the main entrance, a security card for the lift, or multiple locks on your apartment door.
Not only that, an apartment block will come with complete monitoring equipment, with alarms and CCTV that will deny criminals entry to your home, deter them from trying, or catch them if they somehow manage to.
Have you ever dreamed of owning a home with a gym, a swimming pool, a rooftop terrace or a purpose built barbecue and entertainment area? Dream no longer; an apartment in a modern development will likely offer all this and more. Developers understand that today’s apartment dwellers value convenience and quality of life, so they design buildings that tick all the boxes key to modern residential living – a place to exercise, to relax, to entertain and to have fun.
Perhaps the most important element of a property in today’s ever more densely populated cities is somewhere to park the car. Thanks to underground car parks the residents of modern apartment complexes can be sure that they’ll always have a space, and that their car will always be perfectly secure.
Apartments offer unrestricted living. Their relatively low rent allows you to live in the areas you always wanted to but couldn’t otherwise afford, or to spend the rent you’re saving on things like travel or treats for yourself. And their minimal maintenance and maximum security means that you’re simply not tied to your property in the same way that you are a traditional home.