Interesting the very strong opinions against garden units, particularly since they're familiar with Chicago. I certainly defer to their opinions.
I'd just add, though, that there are a number of variations to the theme. In fact, of the first three condos I owned, two were ground-floor units in vintage buildings.
The first one was an efficiency condo in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. It'd been built in 1941 (opened on December 7, 1941), and was renovated in 1973. I bought there in early 1974. The building, 7 stories tall, is shaped like a "U" with a very nice courtyard inside the "U." My unit was one facing the courtyard. As I recall the pricing (remember, this was about 36 years ago), there was a premium for courtyard units. Mine was about $28,000. The identical unit directly above mine (no courtyard access) was about $22,000, and the price rose about $1,000 for each story up. After about 4 years, I moved out and rented it. The tenant was a single woman.
The other condo was an "English basement" condo in a rowhouse near Logan Circle in D.C. And it was a true basement unit, with a few (but not too many) windows on one side. The renovation on this one was pretty lousy. Still, it was affordable in an old, attractive building. When I moved out of that one, I rented and had no problem doing so. And had no problem selling it, either.
So I'm not as negative toward garden apartments as the others here are. Recognize that when you sell or rent, buyers/renters will likely have security concerns, so your pool of prospects will be smaller. Other than that, there aren't any special inspections (except perhaps radon testing). Just have a complete home inspection. (I don't recall if I did on that second condo; I certainly should have.)
Hope that helps.