The condo that I just moved into has a host of positives and negatives all throughout.
If I had to start with the most positive features, I’d say that the view out the back is beautiful.
Even though I’m on the first floor, there is a large lake behind our complex that is home to several different species of birds, fish, otters, and other woodland creatures. The only other positive that I can think of is the amazing price I paid to get the unit. Unfortunately, this place is in many ways in total disrepair. There was considerable damage to the drywall in several different places. I had to fill the holes and refinish the surface before adding a new coat of paint. Then I ripped up all of the old and nasty carpeting from the 1980s and threw it all into the dumpster outside. I had boxes of laminate flooring ready to install that I found on clearance at a local hardware store. These were issues I can control; the worst aspects are the things beyond my control. The noise I hear from above everyday is daunting, as well as the noise in my bedroom from my neighbor’s HVAC condenser. Unfortunately, both of our condensers are right along the wall that separates my bedroom from the back of the complex. The window a few feet down on the same wall lets in a lot of the noise, especially at night. Some HVAC condenser units aren’t particularly loud, while some older machines might make lots of noise as their fans oscillate. I wish they would replace their air conditioner already, because my condenser is almost twice as big but is about half as loud by comparison.