Will everyone hate us for our beautiful music?
November 26, 2006 8:15 PM Subscribe
My husband plays saxophone. Should this affect whether we buy a house or a condo? I'm interested in anecdotes from musicians, and also from their neighbors.
posted by croutonsupafreak to home & garden (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We're hoping to become homeowners sometime next summer or fall. It seems like the nicest places we can afford -- in terms of square feet, new construction, great location -- are condos, where we'd have our own home inside a building we share with five or 10 other homeowners.
I've looked at a few standard homeowner covenants for condos, and they prety much include two clauses: one that worries me and one that calms me. It's against the rules to play loud music or do other things that might disturb your neighbors. But it's expected that you'll sometimes hear noises through the floors and walls.
Are we likely to get in trouble with a homeowner association for 1-2 hours of practice most days of the week? My husband only plays between about 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. He's a jazz musician, and he's pretty good in my opinion.
It's important that wherever we live, we are able to be on good terms with our neighbors. But it's also important that my husband be able to practice.
Any thoughts? Are the troubles that come with shared living great enough that we should give up on condos and live in older/crappier/worse neighborhoods in order to buy a house? Or are we likely worrying about nothing?