We live in an area that is all apartment buildings so it does have it's benefits but also some disadvantages.
Close to groceries and drug store.
School is within walking distance (we don't have children going to school).
Transportation is very close (transit stops outside the apartment).
Easy to get onto the highway from where we live.
Library within walking distance.
Lots of people always around the neighbourhood.
Traffic can be very heavy at times when late at night.
Noise can be a little much due to the population.
Shared laundry facilities.
For me I grew up living in a residential area where there were no apartment buildings around us so it is different living where we do. I know that I like being close to transit because it means getting around Toronto is easier.
Some of the challenges that we do deal with are the number of people around at all hours of the day and night. Our street is never quite due to the traffic and the hours the people that live here work. We have people that work all hours so yes there is always traffic around us.
When you have lived in a residential area and then move to a high density area there are a lot of things that you have to learn to deal with. In the apartment it isn't easy to just go out the back yard for a few minutes. That involves leaving your unit, taking the elevator down to the ground floor before you are outside but then the back yard is basically a parking lot so there isn't much green space around you.
High density living takes some time to learn how to deal with it but when owning a house isn't something you currently want to do it is one way to still live in the city and close to the things that you want close by.
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