The increase in value will likely be fairly proportional to the purhcase price regardless of whether it has a view or not. You shouldn't think that you will you 2 units that are identical, except for the view, and you will pay the same for them today. You will pay more for the view and you be able to sell the view unit for more.
It is unlikely that the unit without a view will increase by 10% and the unit with a view will increase by 20%. It is more likely that the percentage increase will be very similar with both units, but since you paid more for the view you will see the view unit for more. The view may allow you to sell it faster, but the increase will likely be proportional.
Again, you have to live there, so what makes you happier?
I would say that about 80% of my buyers will prefer a view over hardwood floors if having to choose. Usually a higher floor unit costs more than a lower floor. If you can afford the higher price you will enjoy future appreciation dollars on the additional investment.
However, it also depends on what kind of view (city ights, water, mountains...) it is and where the building is located. If it is a nice area thn the draw back of the lower floor may not be as great - especially if you have a larger terrace for example. Good luck with your purchase. I know you'll come to the right decision for yourself.
But, if hardwood floors are important to you then stick with the first floor.
I'm attaching a link on top 10 tips to buying a condo. I wrote it for Monterey Hills, but it's pretty much applicable to all condos.
Good luck with your purchase!
Either way, you will be able to sell it as long as you list with an agent that knows what is going on. I recently sold this place at the highest sale price since 2007. http://www.hollywoodhighrise.com/
Check it out. It's a great unit with amazing views.
If you need help please let me know
First Team Real Estate
I agree with the previous answers. However, you should also consider that more people are becoming more aware of indoor air quality. It may become more important to have hardwood floors in the future rather than carpet. I think that it will be a while before the broad population becomes more concerned with indoor air quality above view. But it is something to consider. Keep in mind that in some cases you can still use a hard type floor on upper levels of a complex depending on the association and the installation of the product. A good product to consider is cork flooring.
Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions and good luck on your home search. Remember you shouldn't just consider resale. Consider how you will like to live there and what is more important to you.
My opinion it is better to buy 3 bedrooms than 2! But that was not your concern! Home with view is more appealling than non-veiw. However for older couple ground floor access that has no stairs is a must have.
Higher floor is less noisy and probably more private. At the sametime nice wood floor makes your condo very attractive. If access is also by elevator than I pick the higher one with the view and pick a nice floor and enjoy living in it. Remember that every home has a buyer and when you are ready to sell you only need one!