Choosing an HOA Community to fit your Lifestyle


Looking to relocate, upgrading to a larger home, downsizing, or just need a change? IKO Community Management knows shopping around for the perfect place to live involves more than just price and location. It involves community style and architecture. Everyone has a different style preference. From historic homes to modern flair, Traditional, Cape Cod, Craftsman, Victorian, Ranch, and the list goes on.

Finding that right style can depend on your stage of life. How much yard work can you handle? Will your family be expanding? Are you looking for one-floor living? There is a wide selection of homes out there. Are you looking for a resale in a community or wanting to construct your own home built to your specific tastes? Starting with a few of these questions will help to narrow down your search.

Not only will your home style matter, so will your community style. Whether choosing to live in a rural, suburban, or urban area you will find different community styles. Single family planned, mixed use, active adult, and high rise or condo are a few types of neighborhoods each having their own character. Your lifestyle will help in your decision making. Let’s have a look at some different styles of community living.

Rural Communities

Rural communities are located farther away from the city. Many of them will have their own amenities to enjoy like swimming pool, parks, and community center. These neighborhoods may be single family homes or mixed use such as single family and townhomes and are very attractive to growing families and those folks wanting out of the hustle and bustle of the city. It is a much quieter life style and is surrounded by more nature. You can find older established communities and new home construction communities in rural areas.

Some of these communities may be built around a lake, golf course, or other larger amenity requiring more space. Many of these neighborhoods will consist of larger home sites for more privacy. Home styles can range from build your own with specific guidelines to having choices by a specific builder.

Suburban Communities

Many communities surround the outskirts of the city. These suburban neighborhoods can consist of styles from single family, townhomes, apartments and condos, to attached villa type homes. Usually these homes are built closer together, have an active community life style, and many amenities such as pools, tennis courts, walking sidewalks, and some shopping within walking distance. Suburban communities attract all walks of life. First time homebuyers, retired, young families, and empty nesters. Live, work, play! Could this be your style?

Urban Communities

Urban style is found in the downtown area of any city. It usually consists of aging style single family homes and apartments to modern luxury lofts and condos. These lofts and condos may be brand new or converted from old warehouses and above businesses. Other new homes may be built inside city limits and will probably have guidelines to resemble the existing historic concept style. Urban living is a busy way of life attracting a diverse mix of young, single professionals, low to middle income families, and seniors. If this is your style, you like walking to shop, work, events and attractions, and enjoy the night life.

Near the inner circle of the downtown area, but still within walking distance, you will find older homes ranging in style from single family, row homes, cottage or ranch homes, and garden-style apartment buildings. There is much charm to be found in urban communities!

Your style is your own! With the wide variety of home styles and community styles finding something to fit your style can be found within your price range and location. IKO Community Management suggests making a list of what you would like your community style to have. Will it be amenities, country or city, privacy or close living, active HOA or quiet neighborhood, old or new, that drives your style? The choosing an HOA community style is a big decision, but the choice is yours!

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