Understanding Condo Living in Ottawa: Pros, Cons, and Tips


Condo living offers a unique blend of urban convenience and community living. Here's a breakdown of the pros, cons, and some tips for navigating condos in Ottawa!


  • Location, Location, Location: Many condos in Ottawa are situated close to downtown, public transit, and amenities, making them ideal for professionals, students, and anyone who enjoys easy access to the city.
  • Low Maintenance: One of the biggest advantages of condo living is the minimal maintenance required. No lawn mowers or shovels required! Instead, enjoy the convenience of maintenance services provided by the condo corporation.
  • Amenities: Condo living can include access to amenities such as gyms, pools, communal spaces, and sometimes even concierge services, adding value and convenience to residents' lifestyles.
  • Security: Many condos offer enhanced security features like gated entrances, surveillance cameras, and on-site security personnel.
  • Community Atmosphere: Condos foster a sense of community, offering opportunities for building neighbor relationships through shared spaces, events, and committees.


  • Monthly Fees: While condo fees cover maintenance and amenities, they can be a significant ongoing expense. It's important to budget for these fees in addition to your mortgage payments. 
  • Rules and Regulations: Condo living often comes with rules and regulations set by the condo board, governing everything from pet ownership to decor choices. Some residents may find these restrictions limiting.
  • Limited Control: Condo owners have limited control over decisions affecting the building and common areas, as these are typically managed by the condo corporation or board.
  • Resale Value: While condos can be a sound investment, their resale value may be more susceptible to market fluctuations compared to single-family homes.


  • Research the Building: Before purchasing a condo, thoroughly research the building's reputation, management, financial health, and any ongoing or potential issues.
  • Understand the Fees: Take the time to understand what is covered by the monthly condo fees and any potential special assessments that may arise.
  • Get Involved: Participate in condo board meetings or committees to have a say in decisions affecting the building and to stay informed about community matters.
  • Review the Rules: Familiarize yourself with the condo's rules and regulations to ensure they align with your lifestyle and preferences.
  • Consider Resale Potential: When purchasing a condo, consider its resale potential by evaluating factors such as location, amenities, and market trends.

If you are considering a condo purchase, we hope this helps you to make an informed decision about whether condo living is right for you!

Johanne Laforest


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Amanda Hodgins


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