If you’ve made the decision to buy a Boca condo but don’t exactly know where to begin your search, we’ve got you covered. Unlike buying a single-family home, where buyers also have to consider backyard dimensions, exterior style and design, and countless other factors that specifically relate to detached residences, condo buyers need to focus on a variety of other characteristics, starting with the following…
Most condo buildings in Boca Raton offer plenty of lifestyle amenities for residents to enjoy, which could range from resort-style swimming pools to state-of-the-art exercise facilities. Keep in mind, however, that the more glamorous a building’s amenities are, the more expensive your HOA fees will be each month.
New vs. Old
Along with updated interior finishes, newer condo buildings also tend to have floor plans that are more open and spacious, not to mention higher-quality amenities. And while you’ll almost always pay a premium for newer construction, many condo buyers will say the higher cost is always worth it in the end.
Boca Raton of course has the advantage of being located just off the oceanfront, so views are a pretty big deal when it comes to choosing the right condo. And as you might expect, some buildings offer sprawling, unobstructed views of the ocean while others overlook the Intracoastal Waterway and don't quite have the advantage of facing the Atlantic. As a condo buyer, you’ll need to determine just how important those ocean views are, and whether or not you’re willing to pay extra for the oceanfront living experience.
Direct beach access is also an important characteristic for many condo buyers in Boca, especially if you’re looking for a seasonal or vacation residence. But if you’re planning to live here full-time, perhaps living a bit further away from the hustle and bustle of the beachfront is more your speed.
As mentioned above, newer buildings with lots of lavish lifestyle amenities are almost always going to have higher assessments fees. And if you’re not willing to pay that increased HOA fee, you might also have to be willing to sacrifice some of those extra building features that cost more to maintain.
Gloria Singer is the Broker of Boca Expert Realty, a boutique Boca Raton real estate company with a focus on professional service and an unparalleled customer experience. Our select agents are amongst the top performing professionals in the field. Visit www.BocaExpert.com for information on Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach real estate and to connect with an expert in the local market.