Originally Posted by sacrifice333
How are buildings in Europe lasting 2,3,4,500 years?! And we're talking about EOL Condos that aren't even 50 years old?!
Building from brick and stone, which doesn't rot like wood.
I don't think most buildings are that old. But all of the houses I ever lived in from childhood until moving here were stone or brick, and were at least built from the early 20th century - when there was a huge middle-class home building boom.
Yes there are older homes that are a century or more old. Again, built mostly of stone, or brick/mortar. The tudor homes (the wooden ones) are mostly destroyed (wood rots), but the preserved ones have become "desireable" for their history, but are often needing of all the mod-cons (e.g., they are draughty, cold and wet). So upgrading them means removing the "historical" look and feel.
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Bottom line - wooden condos will eventually fall apart and need very expensive renos. Concrete ones will fare much better, but still will need renos. The strata model is a big long-term headache. It's fine for short-term and can work OK for a medium-term investment in the right building.