Condominium living has been an option in Ontario since 1967 but here in Sudbury, where single-detached home ownership has always been relatively affordable, the concept is not as popular as it is in larger urban centres. More than 1.6 million Canadian households, or 12 percent of the population, live in condos.
A condominium can be an apartment or a townhouse. Each homeowner owns their individual unit space in a group of housing units and all share ownership of common space. Land in the condominium project is owned in common by all the homeowners.
Sudbury residents are starting to realize the advantages – the freedom – of condo living. Maintenance-free housing is one of the reasons people purchase a condo, says Meghan Otto of Dalron Homes.
Dalron converted the former office building at 161 Larch St. downtown into 14 contemporary condo units.
Three two-bedroom units, with about 1,250 square feet each, are still available for purchase. The units are priced in the mid-$200,000 range. Major appliances are included and units have ensuite laundry facilities. Each condo unit is assigned one parking space.
Residents share a common rooftop terrace that overlooks the city.
Monthly condo fees cover repairs and maintenance, and cleaning of common areas.
Empty nesters who may have a second residence in Florida or a summer camp are attracted to the convenience and security a downtown condo offers, says Otto.
Young professionals, on the other hand, enjoy being close to downtown restaurants, shops and entertainment.
Dalron also developed townhouse condos in the Montrose Villages and the Mallards’ Green subdivisions in the city’s South End.