Condo Living. The Lifestyle.

There are multiple good reasons to consider condo living as an alternative to a larger home. Depending on the priorities in your life, some reasons may seem more appealing than others.

Simpler. We all own too many things. According to Pareto principle, also known as the 20/80 rule, average person uses 20% of things he/she owns 80% of the time and yet the remaining 80% is taking space in closets, garages, file cabinets and our minds. Simplifying can help to keep only the items that are higher quality, that are actually used often. The KonMarie method of de-cluttering can help sort out through the possessions and only retain things that bring joy. Once the de-cluttering is complete, you may find a surprisingly large empty spaces. Limiting the space by living in a condo, helps keep only necessary items around and keep your life simpler.


Less maintenance and upkeep. Condo living eliminates headaches of maintenance and upkeep. Whether you do the work yourself or hire someone to do it for you the work or organizing and paying for work is eliminated. The condo management company takes care of negotiations and control of maintenance work and upkeep. Newer and well constructed buildings require less maintenance and will provide stable condo fees for longer time.

Less financial stress. Downsizing to condo living may reduce your mortgage monthly payments, so you can enjoy the equity in your home, and save on lower taxes, utility and cleaning bills. Newer, more efficient buildings further reduce utility costs as the building energy efficiency requirements are getting stricter each year. Consuming shared services with neighbors can further reduce costs for some services (such as cleaning, baby sitting, dog walking etc)

More time. By delegating worries to others, condo life style affords you more time to enjoy your life and activities you love. Whether it is sports, reading, participating in community life, fun, play or travel you get to do more of it.

Better Location. Condo buildings are often located in better locations, so you can enjoy the community, neighborhood and local amenities with improved walkability and you might enjoy making new friends and participating in the community within the building.


Better, shared infrastructure. Condo life style often allows you afford and enjoy better building infrastructure which is not possible or affordable otherwise. Such infrastructure examples are elevators, garage parking, heated driveways etc. which make living much easier and more comfortable.

Newer and better design, higher quality finishes. Condo life may allow you to enjoy the trendy new design and finishes that look and feel fresh and modern and allow for better enjoyment and the emotional connection to your home.



My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Indeed some of my favorite things are the Sound of Music movie, the songs and John Coltrane's wonderful Jazz interpretation of it!

If I were to write the lyrics for this song in my youth, I would definitely add math and technical drafting to the list.

Ever since I was a child, I remember how my dad would always come up with interesting and fun math problems that he would give me and my brother while we were doing ordinary things.

Math has always seemed fun with him and during the middle school years


my love for math grew stronger with an amazing math teacher

First Construction Project - Cellar Rebuilt, 1984

Our family lived in a first floor apartment located in a five story apartment building, built in the era of Nikita Khrushchev, one of many similar buildings in a large newer city neighborhood on the South side of Odessa in what is now Ukraine. Simple in design, the building


consisted of three similar sections with separate non-connected entries. Each floor of a section had access to

The Cost of Savings

Savings is a seemingly simple concept that is easily understood by most adults and even children. However, in our desire to save money, we sometimes overlook the kind of “saving” that diminishes its value or eliminates it completely.


I grew up in a household behind the Iron Curtain, where two working parents with college education could

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