Introduction Many years ago independent houses and villas were a common sight in big cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi etc and apartments were very less to be seen. But with the lack of construction space, increase in land cost and migration of outsiders population for jobs led to the flourishing of apartments culture in the big cities. Nowadays condition is that independent houses are lesser to be seen and everywhere you can see apartments and skyscrapers. But still, there are some areas and colonies in the cities where there are only independent houses. The city has become divided into areas with apartments and areas with independent houses. We find that old areas of the city have more independent houses while the newly developing areas have more apartments. Any new construction happening in the city is most likely to be an apartment these days. It would be interesting to compare pros and cons of living in apartments versus living in independent houses. Given a choice what we should opt for? Well, let's see below.
Apartments versus Independent houses - Pros and cons
In this regard staying in an independent house has a drawback that you do not get such a big community to socialize with. Though there are houses around your house, still the number of people you will be able to meet and socialize will not be that much. Sometimes staying in independent houses might make a person or children feel lonely especially if they are not able to get well with their neighboring house people. But nowadays gated community concept has emerged which has a single colony having a large number of villas and row houses in a line. In such an environment it becomes more or less like an apartment and there will be a huge community staying together. This is better than isolated independent houses and environment will seem more or less like an apartment.
But in apartments, we do not need to take the headache of finding the workers like electricians or plumbers when something goes wrong as normally every apartment employs full-time plumber and electricians to attend the problems in different flats. But in case of independent houses, we need to find the workers ourselves and also negotiate with them on charges, so it might seem an overhead.
Conclusion So we see both apartments and independent houses have their own pros and cons and different people have different preferences regarding them. Nowadays more and more people are preferring apartments giving rise to so-called apartment culture in the city. But still, there are some people who still like staying in independent houses.
The author has discussed a very good topic. It is the mindset of the people as to what they like, an apartment or an independent house. Rich and high profile people prefer to live in gated community apartments. If both, the husband and wife, are working and there is no one to look after the house, then an apartment is a better option from the security point of view. If someone has large and a joint family, an independent house is the better option.
If the property is an independent house, it will take lots of efforts to resell it. There's a high demand for an apartment nowadays. This is the reason they sell easily and sale can be done within no time. Thus, if someone is trying to buy a property and wants to resell it at a later stage, the apartment would definitely be a good idea.
Buying an under construction independent property and going through all the hard work of building the property on it isn't an easy task. On the other hand, the apartment does not demand all the hard labor work.
If building an individual house, work can be completed within a specific duration. In case of an apartment building, construction work is very much dependent on the mercy of developer. Construction delays can cause lots of frustration in such cases.
It is easy to get a mortgage to buy an apartment in comparison with the independent house. There is no strict scrutiny which is seen in case of purchasing of independent houses. Also, it is difficult to estimate the value of independent properties.
A nice article where author has brought the pros and cons of living in independent house versus flat.
In my opinion the choice is governed by various factors. A person who is animal lover and keeps pets will like to be in a independent house where sufficient space is there as well as quick approach to open areas is accessible. Further, a person interested in gardening and associated activities will also like an independent house. Now a days independent houses are very costly and beyond the capacity of an ordinary person but given a choice a person having above hobbies will prefer independent house.
People who do not have such outdoor oriented interests and can simply read a book in a corner of a room and pass their time may prefer a small flat with no attached strings. Especially in old age, maintaining a small flat is easier then living in an independent house where a lot of manpower is required for cleaning and maintaining of additional verandah and courtyards full of vegetation and plants shedding their leaves frequently.
So it basically depends on one's lifestyles and hobbies that what type of house one will prefer.
This article is giving a detailed picture of the two major modes of community living. In cities and large towns, the lack of space has given birth to the flat system. Actually, the concentration of employment opportunities in the cities is the major reason for the change over to flat culture. Of course, the lack of landed properties in the city area also led to this.
As detailed by the author there are plusses and minuses for both setups. The choice is based on mainly different needs of the concerned persons. The concept of a house in earlier days contains some extra space outside where certain vegetations will be available. Vegetation means certain fruit-bearing trees, vegetable gardens maintained by the owners themselves which meet the vegetable needs of the inmates to a very large extent. One or two coconut trees would meet the coconut requirements of the family. A small well using concrete rings will help when the water supply is not there. If such houses are scattered in a specified area then security issues can be jointly solved. There are different technologies available these days to solve the waste issues. In flats, there will be some mechanisms to get rid of waste. But it will be a common one and extra charge will be there included in the monthly charges. If in an independent house one can install a biogas plant and the gas produced can be used in the kitchen, which will save the consumption of petroleum gas generally used to a certain extent. The waste (slurry) from the biogas plant can be used as a manure for vegetable cultivation.
However, the choice between flat and independent house depends on several other factors, mainly based on the family size and the number of visitors too.
A detailed narration by the author about the two types of living. The population is increasing and the need for housing is increasing. So the concept of vertical expansion for housing has started and these days it is very high in cities where the population density is increasing day by day. For a middle-class person to have a good independent accommodation is a very difficult task these days. This is due to the cost escalation of land. This has made the apartment culture increase. The apartments are comparatively less priced than an independent house. So the apartments in the cities are in increasing mode.
There are positives and negatives in both the ways. But the preference will vary from person to person. A person staying in an independent house will have more privacy than a person in an apartment. But the safety factor in an apartment is better than an independent house. You can lock and go out for 2 or 3 days without any fear whereas in an independent house these days it is becoming an issue. A person living in an independent house will have the freedom of using the utilities the way he likes and can control the expenses based on his needs and necessities. But in an apartment, the common expenses will depend on the other inmates also and the expenses will be on average for all the families. So the maintenance charges may increase in an apartment.
Like this, both the modes have their positives and negatives. But the cost escalation factor will be definitely high in the case of an independent house than an apartment. If we have money the best way is to purchase land and apartment rather than going for an independent house.