If you’re considering moving into an apartment or condo in a high rise, you’ve probably wondered which floor you would most like to live on. For some people, the floor height of their new home is one of the strictest requirements, while others are more flexible. If you’re not sure what living on each high rise level is like, this article will help educate you and help you find the right high rise living space for you.
Top Floors vs Bottom Floors
In general, the top floors of a high rise complex are the most sought after. They are also the most expensive. There are several reasons for that:
- Noise: top floors are less likely to be bothered by the noise, whether that noise is from foot and car traffic, or from other residents moving about the building. The more floors there are on top of you, the more potential for noisy residents’ feet banging on your ceiling.
- Risk: the bottom and basement floors of a building are more likely to be the target of criminal activity. The higher up a room is in the building, the less likely it is an intruder will take the time to get to it.
- View: generally speaking, higher floors have a better view and more access to sunlight. If an unobstructed view is an absolute requirement for you, the top floors are a must.
That said, there are benefits to living on a lower floor as well:
- Access: it’s much easier to get in and out of the building if you live on one of the lower floors. If you value being able to quickly get in and out of your apartment, the lower floors are for you.
- Emergency Evacuation: if there is a fire or other emergency, residents on the lower floors will be able to exit the building or be rescued much more easily.
Potential apartment and condo buyers who suffer from certain disabilities may also find it much easier to live on the lower floors.
Choosing Your Floor
If you value luxury and status, you’ll probably want to live on the top floors of a high rise. If you are less concerned with prestige than you are with practicality and savings, then you shouldn’t have any problem living on a lower floor. While you may find exceptions to these general rules, figuring out which criteria you value the most will help you narrow down the search for your new apartment or condo.
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