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I'm sure there must be one... but where?<br><br>
Feeling the need to brainstorm with other mamas that have no yard to put their child into when everyone is going stir-crazy, who do container gardening, who's nearest park to walk to is a school, etc etc.<br><br>
Point me in the right direction please! Or let me know if there are others out there!
 

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OhOh, count me in!!!<br>
Unfortunately, with the economy the way it is, me and mine will probably never be able to afford a house (sigh) but...I know where every park is in my town and in the two towns surrounding <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
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You are definitely not alone! Except for the first six months of DD's life, we've lived in condos/apartments since forever. And not just out of necessity, but truly out of preference. There are so many good things about condo/apt. living that you just don't get in a house...<br><br>
Sounds like you are struggling a bit with living in an apt. instead of a house...what's the biggest challenge you've found? What are your fave things?
 

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I think if I lived in an urban center, I'd be more at peace with the whole condo thing. However, being in a suburb, I find that I'm surrounded by homes and the distances between things that homes allow for. That said, I'm on a great bus line and live across the street (literally) from one of the best children's museums in the area.<br><br>
I think I'm mostly struggling with wanting to get some space for my DH and me, as well as space for the toddler. We're also in a basement condo, so dragging the stroller up and down the stairs is making me nutso.<br><br>
I think things will be easier as the summer approaches when the weather won't change every 30 minutes, so making the jaunt to the park/pool/farm won't be a crap shoot on whether we'll make it home dry or not.<br><br>
Not sure if that answered your questions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> In a nutshell:<br><br>
Biggest Challenge - my DD doesn't have her own space (she has her own bookshelves, but toys are under the sofa and in storage under desks) and DH and I would like to have a bedroom for her as well as a bedroom for us.... that and very little seems to grow on my partially sunny deck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Favorite Things - our location is great, 20 minute bus ride to downtown Seattle, across the street from grocery stores and museums, no yard to clean up, low heating/cooling bills, knowing that my current ecological footprint is fairly small.<br><br>
Someone else talk up their favorite things as well! I'm sure I'm missing how great this can be, or what I can do to make this space more of a home, instead of just an abode.
 

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I'm in! I've lived in the city since I started college. I've lived in six different places over the last five and a half years! And that's not counting two sort of in-between places I stayed, either. The first five were apartments, now I'm in the condo that my boyfriend and his brother co-own. But we are moving into our own apartment in May & the brother will get a roommate that suits his bachelor lifestyle a little better. So that will be the seventh place! And hopefully we will be there for a while, but any place we can afford now is not a place we'll want to be when (if) D starts school in a few years... >sigh<<br>
I always loved the density, the nightlife, the coolness factor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jammin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jammin">-LoL! Now I want a real homey place, with a clothesline and a garden and friendly neighbors & the like... and we are going to find it! Having both lived in this same area forever, we decided to find a new one & I went to see our first prospective apartment today! It wasn't "the one" but it's exciting to be looking again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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i like living in a condo because it is<br><br>
easy--no yard to clean up, no exterior up keep<br><br>
efficient--small, easy-to-use spaces and storage, easy to heat/cool, easy to keep clean<br><br>
affordable--less expensive housing but it still keeps it's value so the equity is great and it also makes a great rental property if you choose to move to a larger place (condo or otherwise).<br><br>
our current condo is in a suburban area, so we have a lot of green space and a neighborhood play area. but, we have to drive everywhere because the nearest bus stop is about a 4 mile walk.<br><br>
we are planning to move into a harbor city, into a two or three bedroom condo (our current is 1300 sq ft and 3 brs/1.5 bath) with a small communal yard/green space, within walking distance to where we work, the children's park, and the beach part of the harbor, with great public transportation to the other areas of the city and outlying suburbs, and then we can rent cars/campervans to go further abroad for vacations!
 

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I think this might be a case where I'm not so much against the condo living, it's just that THIS condo isn't quite what I was hoping for. Of course, we purchased before having the kidlet, so that changed what I wanted and needed from my spaces. We did figure out a way to get DD her own room with much furniture changing, but I think that will greatly help how crowded I feel.<br>
For those that don't have green space nearby, do you simply walk/drive to the nearest park? For those that live in urban centers, are there parks nearby?<br>
I have been trying to focus on the positive (no yard work, outside is maintained by HOA, walking distance to museum). Now to reconfigure so that we get more usuable space on the inside.
 

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i don't know how long you've lived in your condo, but you might consider talking to a financial planner about using the equity from your condo as the down payment for a larger one (one that fits your needs better) and using your current one as a rental.<br><br>
here, we would earn about $300 per month over the mortgage plus HOA plus HEL as well as the fees for a rental (eg, setting up an account for repairs, eviction proceedings, etc which would be about $200/mo). so, you'd make income on the property and have more of what you want need.
 

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There's defenitely pros and cons to the apartment my family and I currently rent. We live in a quiet area, the apartment is more updated and more energy efficiant. However it is a little further from town so walking anywhere is impossible, and since it's subsidized there are more regulations and general rules to follow. Right now I'm worried that my kitty is going to be an issue, even though when we moved in six months ago she was okayed to live here. I also wish that I could personalize my space more, but that's an issue with pretty much any rental. I can paint if I get permission and repaint when I leave, and I can install ceiling fans but I have to leave them here. If I stay here long enough the paint may be worth it but I'll probably refrain from putting in fans since they can get pretty expensive and honestly they don't even leave them in the apartments when you leave, the landlords take them down and get to keep them so why would I agree to that? I don't have any yard at all, which could be an issue in a couple years but right now my daughter is an infant. I do have a little porch that we're going to put some plants and flowers out on though.
 

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We're doing the potted plants on the deck as well this year. I think it will help me feel more in charge of my space, and also help a little with the grocery bill. (We got a great harvest of cherry tomatoes last year!)<br><br>
I definitely think some new paint might be a necessity as well. It could really open up some of the spaces that are still beige and drab (to me). Thanks for reminding me how easy it is to make the space my own.<br><br>
I thought of something else that makes it worth while... we happen to have a community pool. Not many "free" pools in the Seattle area, so this is a wonderful thing to look forward to in the summer and share with my other mama friends. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Glad to see this thread. We're hoping to move into a "full" home next year but right now we're here in the mercy of apt management without a deck/patio!
 

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2 adults, a 2.5 year old and an infant, plus 3 cats, in a 2-bedoom condo. It's not ideal, but it's OK for now. We're not allowed to grow anything on our balcony. Plus, I have inherited my mother's black thumb.<br><br>
We don't have enough space most days. We use every bit of space, with DDs sharing the bedroom but no toys in there. DD1 can play in there, but we don't store toys in her room, since she's a sleep fighter and would just get out of bed, turn on the light and play all night. We use the dining room for dining and for crafty-type play (coloring, playdough, etc.). We don't have enough toy storage space - her stuff is all piled up in one corner of the living room.<br><br>
It's going to be a lot harder once the baby starts to crawl, too.<br><br>
We like it, though, for the most part. It's not tiny, just wish we had another bedroom. Not much would change if we were someplace else, though: the computer would still be in the main living area, we'd still do messy/crafty play in the dining room, etc.<br><br>
We're walking distance to several stores including our bank, a Trader Joe's and a CVS. Our complex has 3 playground areas and a pool and a baby pool, which is nice. We drive to parks, which sort of feels off.
 

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good to see this thread. I realize its mostly parents and not so much not yet mamas like me, but there are still plenty of shared bits of apartment living. We're (me and DP) in a 1 room studio with a small closet, no porch or deck for growing things or sitting on, and a decent kitchen (room for a small table.)<br><br>
I have to go to work in far too few hours, but I'm glad to see this thread
 

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i live in an apartment in MEXICO CITY!!! not many green areas here...fortunatelly we have 3 parks nearby, metrobus to get around and walking distance to everything. we make the best of what we have. i would love a garden, or a beach... but we are thankful for what we have at this moment.
 

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Subbing to this thread, we're downsizing from a 3 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom apartment. No kids, but we do have two puppies that will be nearing 60 pounds in a couple of months!
 

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I wish I could join you!! We moved from a 2br condo to a house a couple of months ago and if I could go back I would in a heartbeat!!!
 

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Subbing.<br><br>
DH, DS (2.5 years old), DD (7 months old) and myself live in our 2 bedroom apartment in a high density inner-city suburb.<br><br>
The upsides:<br>
- 5 playgrounds within easy walking distance<br>
- FANTASTIC parklands across the road<br>
- we can walk to absolutely everything ... shops, libraries, public transport, council, health services, cinemas, parks .... everything we ever need.<br>
- our friends all live within 10-15 mins walk to us<br>
- helps us keep our lives free of clutter and excess possessions<br>
- no upkeep of lawns or external areas<br>
- I don't need to spend much time cleaning<br><br>
The downsides:<br>
- no laundry (there are shared washing machines, but no clothes dryers)<br>
- we live on the 4th floor, no elevator<br>
- our space is very small for our extremely energetic toddler son, and a normal amount of toys on the floor makes the apartment looks like a bomb has ripped through it<br>
- no yard or outdoor area to do messy play (water, sand etc)
 

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Do any of you have noise issues in your apartments?<br><br>
I live in a four family flat downstairs and the people upstairs are so loud. I can hear their every step and they have loud sex at 2 am. It is so loud I can hear it at the front of the apartment! So there is no way we can sleep through it.<br><br>
On the flip side I have kids here all the time and I know we are loud to them. I feel like I go out of my way always keeping the kids quiet but I am starting to wonder how much I should do really to quiet them all the time. I do not want to be a nuisance but I also do not want to stress over the kids making a racket if the upstairs neighbor can't be bothered to remove her heels before stomping around above us all night when she comes home drunk. :/<br><br>
I do love the area we live in. I could never afford a house here. The grocery store and target are a block away. three great parks all right here. There are buses to all over the city. I can't beat the location but I do envy the families who have houses here. They can be loud and have fun and not get disturbed in the middle of the night.
 

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What do you do when you feel the urge to move but just can't yet? I'm just pretty much done with this place. I'm ttc number two and I'd like more space, be it a garage or storage space or a three bedroom. I'm tired of my landlord, she's pretty shady. Things are starting to get worn out and getting anything fixed/replaced around here is a pain. It's going to be at least a few months and up to a year before I can move on though.
 

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I'm in the city. Right now me and my SO share an apt. with roommates. We're looking at 1 bedroom apartments in the same area we live in now.<br>
I am early pregnancy and I have been having issues with roomies since I've been here, and now their even bigger than before. (Two very untidy, unsanitary, and smelly men. That are not my SO)<br><br>
happyhats -- I wish I could move tomorrow!! We're trying to save up for a deposit to get out ASAP.
 
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