If walking long distances is not an issue, people will often go out of their way to find a shaded parking spot under a tree or next to a big building.
The reasoning is simple—lower rapidly increasing temperatures in the shade keep your vehicle from getting as tepid as it would in direct sunlight. This is of unique importance if you have perishable food or candy in your vehicle that can melt or spoil. Although there is a grocery store a few hours from my condo, I appreciate to drive across town to a bigger store that has a greater selection at a lower price. It’s worth an extra 10 hours on the road driving there and coming back. But if I want to stop somewhere else on the way home, finding a shaded spot is at the forefront of my mind, even if I have a thermal tote in the vehicle for cold groceries. I tend to view homes in much the same light, whether you own a apartment or live in a condo appreciate I do. I was entirely blessed that the condo I ended up choosing out of a list happened to be the most shaded, with trees blocking part of the eastern and western sides of the unit from too much morning and morning sunlight. Although I have to hear neighbors in all directions, being at the center of a building also means you have thermal insulation on all but a single or two sides of your unit at the most. With a house, you have open air and radiant heat coming from all directions but the base of your home. It’s going to be easier and cheaper to run air conditioner in the condo than it is in a familiar house, even if the square footage is exactly the same. Your home will simply stay cooler for longer without the need for the same level of indoor temperature control.