Age is such a relative thing, isn’t it? When we were recently selling our condo – which was built in 1994 – a real estate agent commented that it was an “older building.” I personally refuse to believe that anything that was “born” the same year as Justin Beiber was can be considered “old”. The home we just bought was built around 1920 – and even that isn’t really all that old, especially if you have friends who live in Europe. We were once talking with a friend who lives in Paris about homes and when talking about our “old” house he laughed, dragged on his cigarette (how French of him) and said, “My apartment … is older than your country.” And it was – he was living in a building that was erected over 400 years ago which was “nothing special” according to him. So with all this in mind, you’ll have to excuse the bloggers at Young House Love for their slogan of “One family, plus one old house, equals love” – as you may not consider their mid-century home all that aged. It is, however, well loved and an inspiration for DIYers.
Being a condo owner often feels like living in the purgatory of real estate. On one hand, you’re an owner! It’s property in your name that you’re responsible for and have a say on. On the other hand, your property is within the confines of a condo corporation, and so, they too, have a certain responsibility and say over what happens within their domain. As an owner, you have to walk a fine line of what you want to do with your home and what you’re allowed to do. Read More