Making the life decision as to where you rest your head every night and live your life during the day can be a daunting task to say the least. A final conclusion of this magnitude requires clear thought and concise evaluation. To help with this decision here are 10 benefits of downtown Columbus apartment living.
The number one benefit of living in an apartment is the financial aspect of renting. Rent is generally cheaper than a mortgage. In addition to an overall lower monthly payment, other financial components such as upkeep and utilities are generally lower because of the smaller space and the overall responsibility of a landlord/owner versus a tenant. Plus the property managers at Flats on Vine, Arena Crossing, Flats II and Apartments at the Yard are incredible.
As discussed in the financial benefits, maintenance expenses are generally lower due to responsibility generally falling on landlord/owner. Not only is the lack of maintenance worries a financial blessing, but it’s also a check off the “Things to Do” list. When it snows, no need to shovel, when the lawn looks a little rugged, it’s not your concern – we will take care of that. The peace of mind associated with the mental freedom of renting is priceless.
Unlike houses, apartment complexes are generally built with specific amenities such as pools, gyms and laundry facilities directly on the premises or at the least in very close proximity. Although you could always have these elements built into your home, the financial obligation is not as rewarding. Apartment living can prove to be a very convenient living arrangement, especially if you work downtown!
Although homeowners often invest in some form of home security system or another, apartment complexes also invest in the overall safety of its residents. The close proximity of neighbors (in contrast to being the only one in a house at any given moment) and typical apartment complex safety measures prove that multi-unit dwellings are the safest locations for single women, children, families and the elderly.
Apartment proportions are, simply put, convenient. A newly graduated Ohio State student is generally looking for a place to call home; a living room, bedroom, bathroom and maybe a kitchen for show. This space does not have to be large and lavish, it just needs to feel safe and quaint (even for the guys). This same basic need is apparent in most people, college kids, single women, bachelors and even friends who chose to live as roommates.
Other great benefits of apartment living are the social implications of the close proximity and connections one develops during their residency. Although a sense of community exists in both rural and suburban areas, the close proximity of apartment life enhances the probability of creating life long connections.
Parallel to buying a home, apartment rentals make great short-term options. Deciding to buy a home is a life long dream but you have to live somewhere while you prepare to make that dream come true. Whether you are working on credit, saving money or mentally preparing for the responsibility of owning a home, an apartment is the best interim option.
The financial benefits discussed here are gateways to our future. While we endure less burden and responsibility while renting, this is the opportune time to invest into your future. By placing the money saved into a “rainy day” account, this can be the beginning of a brighter financial outlook.
So far we have discussed money savings from rent, lack of need to maintain the property and, well, that’s it. The lack of need to maintain property is not only a financial windfall but also a stress reliever. Homeownership comes with a lot of headaches and issues and deciding to rent will help you avoid these types of setbacks. Instead of using the “rainy day” fund to fix the boiler, it can be used for a much-needed vacation to a tropical island.
One of the best things about an apartment complex is the close proximity of anything you need. Living in the Arena District or Grandview Yard puts you within walking distance of Nationwide Arena home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Huntington Park home of the Columbus Clippers, a variety of restaurants and bars as well as a few great concert venues!
Overall, apartments are perfect for anyone who wants a place to call home. Considering the financial advantage of renting and the many underlying benefits that result, apartment rentals are a great choice for a great home.