How to Meet People in Your Condo Building

Condo buildings often have beautiful exteriors.

However, did you know that they also can give rise to vibrant social lives inside?

New condo owners may be pleasantly surprised by the accomplishments and strengths of their neighbors. At a typical urban condo, professional videographers and writers live alongside business analysts and financial consultants. A condo near a university also will have ambitious graduate students pursuing multiple degrees. Generally, condos draw an interesting mixture of younger and older people. Most people really enjoy this mix!

Friendships with people in your building can help you save money because your neighbors will share information about nearby retail and professional services. They will help you keep abreast of events in your building, as it is, after all, a shared investment. As you discover common interests, you can share recipes, tools, and books. Carpooling to events or downtown entertainment could not get any easier! The possibilities are endless! On the occasions that several of you stay in, you can share drinks. At the end of the night, it is easy for everyone to walk down the hall back home.

Interestingly, these relationships take can take a little more effort than you may think!

A little known fact about condo living is that it can be extremely private compared to any other housing choice in a metropolitan area. Any shared and open green space-where neighbors might otherwise mingle-may be completely separated from individual units. People make a deliberate choice to go there. Condo owners who prefer to keep to themselves certainly are very free to do so.

The extra privacy can be a great thing! However, it does mean that meeting your neighbors can require more effort. It is worth it, though! Having even one friend in your building can make a big difference!

Here are some tips to get started:

• Take the bus to work. Riding the bus can be take a lot of effort because there are schedules to watch and stops along the way. However, it does save money! A pleasant by-product for condo owners is that doing so most certainly will put you in close contact with your neighbors. You may not have a detailed conversation with everyone, but even a pleasant ‘hello’ can be meaningful.

Meanwhile, the development of light rail in many cities should continue to make public transportation more and more comfortable. Try not to dismiss this option lightly.

• Practice learning and remembering your neighbors’ names as you encounter them. Sometimes this takes practice! By making a point to introduce yourself to others, you may encourage others to do the same.

• Attend at least one Home Owner Association board meeting in order to introduce yourself to board members. Attending a meeting will expose you to the complex inner workings of a condo building. That way, you can begin to appreciate your home for the microcosm of the city that it is! Contact your property management company to request a copy of the schedule today.

Andy Asbury is an article writer and Urban REALTOR® in the Twin Cities who can help find a Minneapolis condo perfect for you. Consider the Carlyle Minneapolis for options in modern yet elegant high-rise homes! Visit www.minnesotaloftsandcondos.com today!


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