Condominium living is a great way to enter the housing market. Or, it’s a great way to downsize.
Either way, a condominium offers entry into ownership within a community. Unlike a detached home, in a condominium, many of the maintenance issues are taken care of by the association. This includes such expensive items as roofing, exterior surfaces and structures, windows, and landscaping. With someone else to handle the big stuff, that leaves you free to make the inside your home.
Some condominiums regulate a certain level of changes or upgrades to the interior, but typically, you are free to paint or wallpaper, hang drapes or blinds, and other non-structural improvements.
The same is true of any backyard area. You may be allowed to add pavers, a hot tub, or a play area in your private backyard. But there likely are limitations or specific regulations regarding the fences or walls that you share with your adjoining neighbors.