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5 Fantastic Features to Look for in Your First Condo

When you’re looking for your first condo, there are a lot of different amenity choices. Depending on your needs and your budget, there are quite a few to choose from. We’ve rounded up a list of 5 fantastic features to look for in your first condo.

1. In-Suite Laundry

Doing laundry outside of your own home can be a serious hassle. It’s much better to have an in-suite washer and dryer than having to worry about having enough change or if there will be enough washers open. We understand how much of a hassle it can be, so MG on the Halifax has in-suite washers and dryers available for your convenience.

2. Walk-In Closets

When you’re done with the laundry, having a nice walk-in closet to easily put away your clothes is a great amenity. Walk-in closets are great for storing your belongings and allow you to easily see your outfits.

3. Secure Parking

No one wants to worry about the security of their vehicle. It’s important to find a condo that has secure parking so you feel safe walking to and from your vehicle. It’s even better if condos offer covered or underground parking to protect you and your vehicle from the elements.

4. Terrace or Balcony

Having an outdoor space such as a terrace or a balcony gives you the perfect place to entertain guests or relax. It’s nice to have somewhere to enjoy the warm weather, grill your dinner, or just relax in the fresh air. It’s not quite a necessity, but it definitely makes a big difference.

 

5. Luxury Amenities

Luxury amenities don’t come standard with most condos. MG on the Halifax offers top of the line amenities like an 18 seat THX certified movie theater, 2 gorgeous swimming pools, a marina, banquet space, his and hers steam saunas, and meticulously manicured grounds. You won’t find luxury amenities just anywhere, so be sure to check what special amenities each condos have.

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Exercising in Your Condo

Whether you’re trying to slim down, build up muscle, or simply looking for something new to try, exercising at home in your condo affords you plenty of opportunity to meet your new goal. Not only does exercising help you lose weight and build muscle, it also helps to boost your metal function and brain power, reduce your stress, and give you more energy. You can also make new friends or build better relationships with your current ones by finding people to work out with.

Fitness Center

Living in a condo gives you the luxury of a fantastic gym in the comfort of your own condo community. If you’re trying to get into better shape, be sure to take advantage of Marina Grande’s 24 hour, waterfront state-of-the-art fitness center. At the fitness center, you can enjoy the view of the intracoastal waterway while lifting weights on doing cardio. There are countless ways to use the equipment to your advantage.

Swimming

There are quite a few different ways to burn calories in the pool, and at MG on the Halifax, you have two different pools to choose from! Try swimming laps, doing pool aerobics, or one of these workouts from U.S. Masters Swimming. There are pool exercises for all ages and levels, you just find one that works for your needs.

Yoga

The benefits of yoga are practically endless, but the fact that you can do it just about anywhere makes it perfect for condo application. With yoga you can increase your flexibility, increase your muscle strength and tone, have improved respiration, energy, and vitality, and so much more. If you’re an absolute beginner you might need to take a few classes or watch some videos first. Once you’re comfortable, you can do yoga by the pool on one of Marina Grande’s generous sun decks or in the comfort of your own home.

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Indoor Gardening for Your Condo

Living in a beautiful condo such as the Marina Grande, you might not have the outdoor space to grow a garden. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your love for gardening indoors! As long as you have a little space and a little time, you can relish in the benefits of indoor gardening.

Light

Indoor plants need light to thrive. Depending on your setup, you can use the natural light from your windows or a grow light to help your plants get the light they need. It’s important to get the right plants for the amount of light you can provide. Be sure to check the tag that comes with the plants for the light amount needed. If you’re using a grow light, make sure you have a bulb that emits the same wavelengths as the sun to promote photosynthesis, as regular lightbulbs won’t work.

Temperature

It’s important to know what temperature your plants need to survive. 65-75°F is best for most plants. Plants that are too hot will be weak and small, where plants that are too cool will have yellow leaves that fall off.

Growing Medium

Potted plants need a specific planting medium. Look for a mix that is good for indoor plants that will remain loose and drain well. The medium also needs to have enough nutrients and moisture. This is just as important to a plant’s growth as light.

Hydroponics

If you’re looking to try something new, fun, and equally rewarding, you should look into hydroponics! Basically, hydroponics is gardening without the soil, providing the nutrients directly to the roots using water. Hydroponics results in faster plant growth and uses smaller containers.

Watering

Always use room-temperature water and water your plants when the soil closer to the edge of the pot is dry. Make sure that your plants can drain correctly since plants that soak in water are much more likely to get root rot.

Plants

Choose plants based on your personal interests, experience, and what space and light you can provide. There are so many different plants available to indoor gardening, and depending on your creativity and dedication, your options are pretty limitless. Succulents, herbs, and Impatiens are a great place to start!

Balcony Gardening

Don’t want your plants taking up space indoors? Look into the available amenities your condo offers, such as turning your connected terrace into an outdoor oasis with small potted palm trees. Just be sure to check with any condo bylaws for rules or regulations against planting on a terrace or balcony. Marina Grande on the Halifax allows plants on your outdoor terrace, but there is a size limit.