One bedroom: Designed to be compact and efficient, many condo buildings are suited for one tenant. Young professionals that work downtown often like to live downtown before getting married and starting a family. In this case, one bedroom and one bathroom suits them perfectly and makes the apartment more affordable than a house or building that is much larger. Occasionally, young professionals will purchase the condo and then rent it out later if or when they end up moving to the suburbs with their spouse and small children.
Two appliances: For many people one of the most luxurious additions to their condo is the inclusion of a washer and a dryer. Many apartment buildings have shared laundry facilities, but it can be a hassle to travel up and down numerous floors with your dirty clothes. Inclusion of an en suite washer and dryer can be considered downright luxurious for people that are used to going down the street or across the city to use laundry facilities. If this is important to you, it is good to keep this criteria in mind when researching housing opportunities.
Third floor: Most condo apartments are in buildings that have many floors. There are a few varieties that offer walk-up entrances from the street, but these are most often called townhouses and are in certain housing development communities. In contrast, apartment condos offer a single secure entrance and have many tenants on many floors. The third floor is usually the lowest floor with tenants while shared facilities such as a pool, gym, or laundry are found on the first and second floors. This is a very secure situation for tenants because being on the third floor prevents break-and-entry opportunities from the outside. Obviously, being higher up is even more secure in many places. These aspects of security are important for young professionals that like to live in the downtown core.
Four numbers: Security for apartment buildings can vary widely, but most often includes a code that you enter at the front door or an electronic key that you swipe. The electronic security code is usually four numbers followed by a pound or star sign and will let you in the front door. Four numbers is usually used because it is easy for people to remember. This is also why telephone numbers use four numbers at the end. In this way, you can share the security code with friends and family without having to make new keys. Electronic security keys that are swiped at a front door keypad are especially expensive and it is inconvenient to try and provide them for friends or family that need temporary access to your condo. However, you should be careful who you share your four-number security code with.
Five minutes: One of the biggest reasons people like to live in apartments is because of their convenience. Most buildings are located within five minutes of many major amenities. This convenience helps the young professional save money by not having to pay for gas or parking for trips within downtown.