Heather, I'd be a bit wary of condo developments in the lower price points these days. With the flood of foreclosures coming on the market many of these HOA organizations are having difficulty getting dues paid on a monthly basis. This leads to issues with reserves, maitenance not being done and vacant units popping up. Many who could not afford our overblown prices bought these condos, many just converted apartments, and are now paying outrageous HOA dues per month. I saw a project where I'm soon to list a foreclosure property with HOA dues of $331.00 per month!! And it is basically an old apartment building converted to a condo with almost ZERO amenities and the place resembles a warzone!! If this is truly a "lifestyle" question, lower yard work,ease of living, then make sure you spend a few more bucks and find a property which has some stability. Do your due diligence and get out the reading glasses and explore the HOA dues/reserve for replacement and read all the latest minutes!! Also, check on the ratio of renter versus homeowners and if there is an specific "mitigation" as this could impact your loan. I would use caution as I see many more foreclosures on the horizon for the least expensive condo projects in Sonoma County.