Over the past year or so, we are having more and more people inquire about moving into a three bedroom condo. In most cases it’s either a family of four (mom, dad and 2 kids) or a family wishing to take their in-laws in to live with them. With freehold house prices well over $700k on average in Mississauga, larger condos do seem like a good alternative. However, 3 bedroom condos are harder and harder to find in downtown Mississauga. This blog will help explain why this is happening.
Costs are high
For anyone looking to buy a new 3 bedroom condo, the price can be a surprise to them. Since most three bedroom condos are in the 1200-1300 square foot range in size, with a cost of around $475 a square foot, the purchase price is often close to $600,000 brand new.
For this reason most 3 bedrooms condos are reserved for the penthouse units.
Condo fees are calculated based on internal square footage of any given condo. This means that these condos often have condo fees of $750 per month (or more) when they are still brand new. For many people, this simply does not work with the budget.
For anyone trying to rent such a unit, they are looking at $2500 and upwards a month plus hydro. This seems unreasonable, if you can rent a full detached house in Mississauga for the same price.
The disconnect between the investor and renter
When preconstruction condos are getting built, very few people come into a sales centre and wish to reserve a three bedroom condo which is set to be ready in 2-3 years or so. Most people who desire a three bedroom condo, have a specific reason why they want a larger condo, and wish to buy or rent one within three months or so.
At the same time, investors usually prefer to stick to the 1+den or 2 bedrooms condos.
For example, a typical investor will rather buy two 1+den condos for $300,000 each which can be rented for $1600 a month (per unit), over one 3 bedroom unit which rents for around $2500 and costs $600,000. The return on investment is simply not there with larger 3 bedrooms.
Builders have trouble selling these larger units until they are ready; hence condo builders are reluctant to even build three bedroom condos.
The 2016 Den
Ten years ago, when condo builders used to build condos with “dens”, the den would often be a separate room, which in theory was used as a bedroom. Even though, the dimensions were smaller than a regular room, often 7 x 8 feet, but still useable as a third bedroom.
In 2016, the den offered by builders in new construction condos is MUCH smaller and often not a true separate room. Sometimes the den is just more of a “nook” in the wall, big enough to squeeze a home office. The option to convert the den into a 3rd bedroom is no longer available.
For anyone who is looking for a 3 bedroom condo, we almost always suggest looking for a townhouse with our team instead. It’s cheaper and there are more options out there. If you must stick with a 3 bedroom condo, then some of the older condos might have some good options for you.
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