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What's the Best Condo Unit Type for You?

Choose the perfect condo unit that suits your needs

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

Have you always dreamed of having a loft? How about living in a penthouse? Choosing the perfect unit goes beyond what looks great and spacious. You should also consider your lifestyle, your needs, and more importantly—your budget. Here are 4 common condo unit types and their features that may just help you decide. 

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Studio units are suitable for single people or couples. These units can go as low as 18sqm so it would be best to choose one that has an integrated bathroom and kitchen, and balcony that can be transformed into an additional living area.


If your condo building has high ceilings, chances are, a potential studio unit is fitted with a loft or an elevated bedroom accessed by stairs. If you want an airy and spacious feel, you may want to consider this type. Keep in mind that this unit is not recommended for the elderly, couples with toddlers, and people who have difficulty climbing up stairs. This unit can be challenging to air-condition so choose one with generously sized windows. This will help you save up on electricity bills, too. 


Located on the uppermost floor of a condo, penthouses are the most expensive units due to a large floor area plus the privacy offered to the tenants. Since most penthouses are stand-alone units on the top floor, it often features exclusive elevators and other private areas like swimming pools and lanais.

1-bedroom / 2-bedroom / 3-bedroom Unit

For small families, units with either one to three bedrooms can be the perfect haven for you. A well-planned three-bedroom unit should have at least two bathrooms, a hallway leading to the bedrooms, and a utility room. However, avoid buying units with illogically positioned spaces. It can be distracting to walk into your home and be welcomed by a distracting beam in the middle or a column blocking your way.

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