The increasing number of unsolved home burglaries and the
horrendous tales of snatch attacks at entrances has made
condominium living attractive.
Firstly, a condominium complex provides
security twenty-four hours a day. The guard house at the main entrance with
uniformed personnel doing shift work provides an aura of safety. Residents know
that any visitor especially strangers have to identify themselves, produce
identification and convey information about unit or people they are visiting.
Visitor and vehicle screening is very comforting. Patrols are undertaken around
the complex to ensure a fair amount of defense.
However, not all security firms provide top-rate service. The employees may
have a suspicious background, all unknown or unrevealed to the employer.
Trusting security personnel to carry out their work without checking into the
background can prove to be very damaging to the residents.
Secondly, there are certain facilities which are provided at the condominium.
There is normally a swimming pool, an outdoor park and playground, tennis and
squash courts. Sometimes, some come with golfing facilities or even subsidized
affiliation to golf clubs which come under the flagship of the developer.
The maintenance of all exterior premises and facilities and the
facade of the building is under the
condominium management. They ensure that the parking bays, the gardens, the
common corridors, the lifts, the facilities (eg. the swimming pool, games
courts) and the exterior walls are properly maintained.
However, maintenance is more often than not efficiently done and the work is
not up to par. To add insult to injury, all residents including owners have to
pay monthly maintenance fees which can come up to a princely amount annually. If
the maintenance is well done, then it is worth doling out the payment but not
otherwise. Then maintenance of the interior is the onus of the resident or
owner. This in itself can be quite an arduous task.
Thirdly, the management advocates a uniformity in certain aspects of
condominium living. Flower beds are to be planted with the same variety of
flowers and plants. Curtains have to be of a certain material and color. It does
take away the tedium of selection and doing all the tedious
humdrum tasks and makes life less of a
On the other hand, such uniformity can be dictatorial and takes away the
versatility of tenants and owners. There is no freedom of choice. Everyone has
to kowtow to a regime.
In the final analysis, condominium living has more plus factors. Security
exists which does not exist in non-gated communities. Facilities are provided at
a fee with certain perks thrown in without having to pay an astronomical
entrance fee to certain "royal" clubs. Maintenance is a "stressfree" affair with
the condo management getting all the headaches.
In conclusion, if I have the money, I think I would opt for an apartment in a
condominium. All my troubles are over ! I can sleep in peace, without being
awakened from sleep staring at a stranger's face !