Living in an apartment has not really become a way of life in our part of the country. Even in Delhi NCR, apartments are the preferred choice only in Gurgaon and Noida. As an inherent part of our culture, whenever we hunt for a place to put up, we instinctively start looking for a house. An apartment is generally associated with a constrained kind of living with a lesser degree of freedom. “It does not have a lawn, it does not have a courtyard, and has less connectivity with the immediate world,” is the general refrain when people are asked about their idea of living in an apartment. Yet there are others, especially the elderly, who find the use of elevators a risky and cumbersome proposition. However, there are certain big advantages of living in an apartment, which we tend to overlook or ignore.
Living in an apartment is comparatively safer than living in an independent kothi. If a family is extra-particular about safety, they have to hire guards. This is not a luxury anymore, but has almost become a necessity when the entire family has to be away due to travel or an event. An apartment has a multi-tiered security cover that makes it extremely safe all year round. Apartments come at a relatively lesser cost than an independent house. The money saved, thus, can be put in where it is needed more. An apartment gives you access to a private swimming pool, a clubhouse, a community centre, a shopping centre and other facilities that are exclusive to the complex. Access to these facilities elsewhere comes at a cost and entails a considerable running about. Apartments are always well-ventilated, airy and sunlit from all sides. These comforts are sometimes missing and not that well available, depending upon the direction and location of the house.
Maintenance charges of an apartment are generally less than that of an independent house. An apartment complex also comes in many options and sizes, and depending upon the size of the family and budget, one has the option of 2BHK, 3BHK, 4BHK or more. Those looking for extra luxury can buy a penthouse. Apartments are more feasible and a practical option as far as futuristic urban town planning is concerned. Space is increasingly becoming a constraint in metropolitan as well as Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities.
Apartments can accommodate more people and occupy less space. So, there should be no inhibition when opting for apartments as a living option. If there are, remember that Salman Khan and Sachin Tendulkar too put up in an apartment.