Thirty is a difficult age to find yourself living alone. That college dorm is a distant memory, you’re too old to move back in with your parents, and it seems like all your friends are partnering up or getting married. Whether your roommates abandoned you or you’re moving on after a breakup or divorce, these four housing options can help you live your best life all by yourself.
If you think apartment living is all white walls and waiting for the laundry room, think again. Leave those student budget apartments in the past and look for luxury apartments offering spacious bathrooms, upgraded finishes and stainless-steel appliances. Apartments are also frequently located in vibrant downtown areas where adventure and entertainment are right outside your door.
Are you tired of renting but enjoy the convenience and efficiency of an apartment? Purchasing a condominium allows you to experience a low-maintenance lifestyle in the heart of a city while also being a homeowner. Condos are basically apartments that are sold rather than rented. You own all the interior space of your unit, but the exterior and common spaces are owned and maintained by a company or investor.
You might feel like an entire house is too big for one person, but there’s no reason to eschew homeownership just because you’re flying solo. A starter home is a great option for young singles who prefer a quiet neighborhood to downtown living, and you can even rent out a room or two for extra money. Choosing a house also gives you plenty of outdoor space for pets, gardening or entertaining friends, but keep in mind that spacious yard requires frequent mowing.
Do you want privacy and space without the maintenance requirements of a detached home? A townhouse, or semi-detached house, lies somewhere between a condo and a home. Like detached houses, townhouses are typically two to three stories and include a small amount of private outdoor space like a patio or yard. However, you will have another townhouse on one or both sides of you and share walls with your neighbors.
Is living alone not for you? Don’t worry. Many other people feel the same way, and you can find great roommates at any age. Ask your friends and family, post on social media or browse roommate finder websites to find the perfect match. You can also consider adopting a furry friend to keep you company if human roommates don’t work out.