In the community where I live, the environment is peaceful, the wind is light, and the large garden in between the cluster of 6 buildings is serene.
Plenty of young children play in the yet-to-be-filled pool which is well sized, has 6 fish fountains, a stone pillar with water which will trickle down the side, and several short pillars, at water level, which can be used to walk across the kidney shaped design or enter a more shallow area.
The entire area is surrounded in stone work, both the walkways and garden walls. There's a small rope-light gazebo amidst pieces of shrubbery and a crescent shaped pool with 4 swans spraying water into it. The small hills roll and have various trees and flowers perched atop.
The garden runs East/West with my building, and is the pathway to the gated and guarded exit.
Seniors stroll with grandchildren, some are new borns, others learning to ride a bike or playing with friends. The breeze running through is much softer than by the highway, and the area is either silent, or hosts the faint voices of residences.
The people who I see in the garden always seem to be happy and enjoying their lives. This garden as the entrance and exit is passed through multiple times a day. It is a persistent reminder of my enjoyment for nature, especially gardens.
At my old building, the facilities (which were very very nice), was what drew residents together. I've met several people while in the gym, yoga room, pool/hot tub/sauna who I only knew and interacted with in the facilities. Here such a place is the most commonly accessed area;nthe garden.
I think condo communities are a great concept. I'd love to live/visit some of these brand new concept buildings which incorporate gardens throughout the building itself, particularly the rooftop and vertical designs. A community which collectively maintains these garden would be great!
Condo buildings are home to numerous interesting people living really closely, it's a shame more isn't done to nourish this proximity into strong micro-communities. A tenant reflective board of directors, is essential to the community of the building. If you're an owner, consider becoming a board member. If you're a renter, perhaps asking an owner who doesn't wish to be active on the board, if you can be a proxy for them. This is great experience and gives direct involvement into how the building is run (note condo buildings are actually corporations, hence the board of directors). The board of directions will help determine life within the building and communities it houses.
I am thankful to have such a blessed life. Being able to craft the life which will make you happy, involves courage and being aware of the characteristics of ones own individuality. The next step is seeking an environment which reflects your individuality. Situating yourself in an locale which is reflective of who you are will be a fertile place for personal development. It will help you enjoy developing as a person containing those traits.
Since most days are sunny and warm/hot since early April, I really enjoy talking a slow walk through the garden. Typically I'm someone who walks very fast, and is in a rush to get places. Now, I walk quite slow, muscles relaxed while my posture retains proper shape. At times not having anything playing in my headphones is nice. Sometimes, they aren't even brought along. I'm working at gradually relaxing my life and body. Not being so tense and rigid all the time, which in itself is a major benefit to our health.
Strive to create the life you desire. It will keep you surprisingly busy and you'll feel a sense of purpose.