You are asking what "problems" we have with Western and Northern exposures, and there are really no problems to speak of with either one. What you really want to consider is the positioning of the sun at different parts of the day. For example, if your condo unit has a balcony that faces West, you will have direct sunlight in the afternoons and, likely, a beautiful sunset view. Sunsets are amazing, but if you are grilling out on your balcony at 5:30pm in the summer time, you will be warm. So would you rather sacrifice your sunset view to be in the shade in the afternoons? I always consider the windows in my home as well, keeping in mind that rooms with windows receiving direct sunlight are going to be much warmer than the rest of the house, unless it is right where your thermostat is. If the sun is shining on your thermostat, your air conditioner may run continuously, unaware that the rest of the house is not as warm. Yet another thing to think about is where the sun sits in location to the pool, if there is one. I like a warm pool, so if its not heated you will want to look at the amount of time that the pool is in the sun versus the amount of time that the pool is in the shade. A shady pool is a cooler pool; it may stay around 75 or 78 degrees in spring, while a pool in direct sunlight will stay roughly 4 to 6 degrees warmer. It may not sound like a lot, but it's a noticeable difference to most.
The sun and its location is really what you want to think about when choosing your exposures. Be sure to give us a call if you have any further questions. Have a great day!
Roxanne & Shannon Moore
RE/MAX Anchor Realty