Originally Posted by miatapaul
Condos are nice, especially if you are a seasonal resident, to have lawn care and exterior maintenance done for you. Of course there are association dues, but the price is usually lower than for a freestanding house as well, so it is often a wash.
I've lived in a condo more than once, rented, bought homes, built homes, you name it.
I've never seen Homeowners fees exceed the cost of what you would pay for the same services in a home. Garbage, lawn care, snow removal, common area taxes and maintenance, pool maintenance, driveway repair, roofs, gutters, etc. Even with a surprise special assessment, its always been a bargain.