In addition to many different kinds of Condominium Ownership to choose from, there are also different styles of Calgary Condos available for purchase. When most people think of a condo they immediately think of an apartment-style unit in a downtown high rise, but there are many different styles of condos to be found in different communities throughout Calgary.
All of these types of homes will include some type of shared, condominium ownership.
These styles of condos are usually (but not always) found in Calgary's downtown urban core, and are multi-storey buildings of more than six floors that contain multiple units. In a few cases, these high rise buildings can be upwards of 30 or 40 floors, or even higher depending on the location and the building. These styles of Calgary condos tend to offer nicer views of the Calgary river valley from higher floors, and condo fees tend to be higher than low rise buildings.
Because high rise Calgary condos are primarily located in the Calgary downtown area, they often are located within close walking distance to amenities including shops and grocery stores. They are often more likely than low rise condos to have in-building facilities such as gyms, pools, elevator service, garage parking and added security features. These types of condos usually have onsite management available in the building during the day because of the high number of residents.
With high rise Calgary condominiums, most of your walls in addition to your floor and ceiling will be shared with other units. Different buildings have different types and standards for sound proofing, but in general these styles of condos offer the least amount of privacy.
Typically multi-storey buildings of two to six floors, low rise condominiums are found throughout Calgary's mature inner-city communities as well as in many of the outlying suburban areas. Each floor will have multiple units, and while some buildings will have heated parking, others may have open-air parking lots. Average condo fees for low rise Calgary condos will vary depending on the building's location, the mix of amenities, and the size of the units.
Depending on the number of units in your building, the Condo Corporation and Board of Directors may not have hired a property manager, so it's possible there won't be building management available on site on a daily basis. As with high rise condominiums, most of your walls — and your floors and ceilings — will be shared. These styles of Calgary condominiums offer more privacy than high rise buildings, but less than other types of housing.
A townhouse or row house complex is a set of one- or two-storey single family homes joined horizontally by common walls. Generally Calgary townhouse owners own both their unit and the section of land beneath it, so townhouse units cannot be stacked vertically. Owners of townhouses generally pay property taxes for their individual units, but still pay fees to a Homeowners Association that manages the common areas including exterior walls, roofs, landscaping and other shared elements.
Owners of Calgary townhouses generally have to adhere to strict rules when it comes to the exterior of their home, and may not be able to make any changes to these features at all depending on the rules and bylaws of the Homeowners Association. In some cases, even yards are considered common ares, and landscaping or gardening elements may be managed by the Board of Directors rather than by each individual owner.
Calgary Townhouses provide more privacy than either high or low rise condos, but less than single family homes. Many people enjoy the house-like atmosphere paired with low maintenance that townhouses offer.
From the outside, Calgary gated communities like Spring Valley Lane or Discover Ridge in southwest Calgary may not appear any different than standard streets of single-family homes, but these developments always have some common space that is shared among home owners within the development. Some of these communities may be open, some may be surrounded by walls but have open street access, while others may have gates across entry streets that require passes or security codes for entry.
In these communities, each unit is usually comprised of a single family home style house and the plot of land it sits on. Each homeowner is usually responsible for the maintenance and repair of their building and the property surrounding it, but will still pay fees for upkeep of common areas such as private community pools, recreational facilities, streets, signage, walls and gateways. These communities almost always have Architectural Controls on the external appearance of the homes, and in some cases may have rules governing parking, landscaping, and the presence of children's toys or bicycles in the yard. Some may provide yard maintenance or insurance packages.