If you are the type of person who wants to control your own home a Single Family Residence is for you.
Many homes in communities have Home Owner Associations. Especially ones that have any kind of amenities such as gates manned and unmanned, pools, tennis courts and any common areas.
Because these have common areas they most likely have dues and also have Convents Conditions and Restrictions commonly known as CC+Rs. It is important to know the cost factor and the rules before you purchase.
Condominiums are a different story. It has been said that condo living is a great social experiment. They have their pluses and minuses. Essentially if you do not mind being close to your neighbors and get along well with all different types of people it can be a efficient way to purchase especially if you only need the residence for part of the year. Once again these properties do have rule and regulations and documents that attempt to control people living in close proximity.
This is an overstatement as I do not want to get into all of the intricacies in this article.
What is important is that you pick the right type of property for you and your family. Buying a home is a big financial commitment and you want to get it right and be pleased with you purchase.