Community Living—home owner communities and condominiums—are one of the fastest growing types of living arrangements in the United States. There are several hundred thousand different communities across the country with tens of millions of people who’ve chosen this way of life. Is there any problem with that?
Community living offers people the opportunity to increase their standard of living by sharing amenities in common with their neighbors like sports and recreation facilities, landscape improvements, clubhouses, as well as shared expenses like grounds maintenance, snow removal, etc. Is there any problem with that?
For most people there’s no problem whatsoever. According to First Community Management in Chicago, most owners are happy living in an association Click for the article. Community living has been a great improvement in their lifestyle and they wouldn’t ever go back to single home ownership. But, not everyone is cut out for shared living space.
Individualism is a long established, deeply entrenched part of American culture. Our homes are our castles, aren’t they; and, we can do whatever we like with them, right?
No—not if you live in a community. A community is more of a tribe with norms of behavior which are enforced by its members. Wise Management of Tampa says this about rule enforcement in an association Click for the article . If you don’t want to fit in, you’d be happier living somewhere else. Let me put it differently. In a community, you put your neighbors desires above your own. If some behavior bothers your neighbors, you don’t do it.
If you are willing to fit in, prioritize your own personal desires to fit in with everyone else’s, then community living is a great choice for you. If you want to do things your own way, and believe you have a right to do that, you should by a house by yourself.
Is that American or un-American? Does it really matter after all? It’s a big country and there’s a place for everyone—it’s just that shared communities aren’t the best place for everyone.