(Closed) Raising a family in an apartment/condo

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

What about the suburbs outside the city?  You may have to go further out and make a longer commute, but housing prices are generally cheaper and schools generally better.  Not sure what the mass transit system is like in Vancouver, but that may be a good idea for commute as well.  Also, if you are still considering living in the city because you don’t want the commute, look for a duplex or something that may have even a little yard, or a shared yard.  And if you really want a house all to your self, a fixer-upper may be the way to go.  I guess it really depends on when you plan on having kids.  If it’s going to be a few years from now, then you have time to do some research on the suburbs and commutes.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Lots of people do this! A house does not make or break a childhood, the home you make for them does. I wouldn’t stress about it. 🙂

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

i like in an apt/condo type community and it’s just fine.  we have a grassy area here for them to play and it’s a smaller community and great for the kids.  sometimes i wish we had more space than our current condo (1100 square feet, 3 BR, 2 BA) but other than that, i love the condo, i hate cutting grass and trying to maintain those types of things… if we could find a townhome with a small grassy area in the back, it would be perfect for me.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Anything is possible. Millions of children grow up without yards. Look at New York City! Look at any major city!

I agree that duplexes or rowhouses with a small yard are something to look into, as are things farther out into suburbia.

But if you do stay in an apartment or condo, then I would aim for something with good soundproofing (imagine people complaining over loud children…ugh) and lots of indoor space for play, as well as options for outside play (parks, shared outside greenspace, etc.). Good luck with your house hunt!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I was raised in an apartment and later a condo. I’ve never lived in a real house in my life. Fiance was raised in a traditional home with a backyard, two dogs, and all that jazz, so we’ve talked about the differences in our upbringing a lot. I really don’t think not having a house affected my family life or my upbringing. Yeah, it would have been slightly nicer, but not hugely so. Besides, living in closer quarters has its benefits – you’re very close to your family, you learn to resolve problems rather than running to some corner of the house and barricading yourself there, cleaning is easier, the “tiny” dorm rooms in college don’t seem so small, and more.

Post # 9
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Worker bee

I’m in Montreal and my finance and I will likely get a starter condo for the 2 of us and probably our first child for the first few years. We can’t afford anything larger since we’re just fresh grads from university and just starting our careers even though cost of living is fairly cheap in Montreal. 

Vancouver has lovely suburbs and lots of people commute all over the place there. Maybe you and your husband could do that when you have more money. For now, a condo/apartment should be fine. Plus, are your parents nearby? Because if they are, you can always bring the grandkids over to play in their backyards Wink

We totally plan on doing that. My fiance’s parents have a backyard pool!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I live in Seattle, but what’s the average cost of living up there?  Hard to believe that it’s any higher than Seattle, which is nutso.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

PS Also, what made a big difference for us is living in an apt community with lots of other children our age and a playground for everyone to hang out at. I think as long as you have something like that nearby, the kids won’t be any worse off.

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Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Seattle got pretty bad for a while there – I was born and raised there and just moved to Spokane. It’s literally half the price to live in Spokane compared to Seattle. But don’t stress – a home is where your heart is, where your family is. Wether it’s an apartment or a mansion, as long as your with the ones you love it’s all good!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My husband and I live in an 800 square foot home. While we live about 500 feet from a small lake, we only have a very small yard. We plan on being here for at least another 3 or 4 years but we plan on starting to try for a baby in within the next year. I was always the girl that wanted to live in a big old farm house but now, I love our little house. It’s where we fell in love and if/when we move, I’ll be sad to leave. I can’t wait to start our family here.

And if you think about, it’s only been in the last 50 years or so that houses have gotten so big. My grandparents raised my parents is small houses. Pioneers raised big families in one room cabins.

Post # 16
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Worker bee

I grew up in the middle of the forest (almost literally). It was a small city of about 30K people and nothing surround it for a 5 hour drive radius. I love going on hikes and rock climbing and stuff like that. I miss that part. Being in the city, you really never get to feel that often enough.

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