Low-Rise v.s. High-Rise Apartment Buildings
It's rare that apartment-hunting ends in love at first sight, that swoon-worthy abode that is available, affordable, and has all the features and amenities you want. More often, the hunt comes down to weighing the pros and cons of a few good-but-not-perfect options. This can be especially tricky when the apartments aren't really comparable-for example, one's in a brand-new high-rise building and another is in a three storey building.
To assist your decision-making, we're going to have a series of posts examining the good, the bad, and the unexpected about different types of apartments.
Selling points of small buildings
Smaller buildings, generally speaking, will have a bit more character, especially if they're older buildings-the units will probably be a bit less cookie-cutter and have more personality.
What you usually give up is an elevator. Instead, that fifth floor walkup keeps you in shape.
Fewer units means fewer neighbors-fewer shared walls with pounding music, but at the same time there's more of an opportunity to meet and remember the names of most people in the building. Smaller complexes can often have a more welcoming atmosphere-your neighbors are more likely to say hello when they see you, and the building staff are more likely to remember your face and name.
Also bear in mind that the size of a building is often an indicator of the scale of the surroundings-- do you want more of a calm neighborhood, with families and quiet streets?
Selling points of large buildings
If your dream unit involves postcard vistas over the city, you'll want a large apartment building. For all the cozy comforts of a low-rise building there can be something decidedly impressive and alluring about the high-rise life, especially when you go out to your balcony and survey your domain.
Similarly, a high-rise apartment building is also good if you like the idea of having lots of neighbors. Larger apartment buildings also typically have a greater variety of amenities, such as a gym, pool, sauna, and laundry room.
Along with having a greater variety of amenities, high-rise buildings are also typically surrounded by businesses and entertainment, so you rarely have far to go for a grocery store, restaurant, or movie theatre.