what are the pros/cons and difference of buying a ground level unit condo from an upper unit condo?

Asked by Heureux13, 92804 Mon Apr 26, 2010

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iMove Chicago, , Chicago, IL
Mon Oct 29, 2012
Nobody peeking in your windows if you live higher up! No elevator rides if you live down low!
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Linda Slocum,…, , Santa Clarita, CA
Mon Apr 26, 2010
This depends on personal preference (whether you want neighbors above or below you) as well as whether you would have a patio or balcony with either unit. Some developments also have restrictions on types of flooring that can be used in upper units because of the noise level.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Mon Apr 26, 2010
It's really a matter of personal preference, everything has a pro and con-- Where would you be happiest--
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Pros: Good price/less expensive than higher floor units, lack of stairs.
Cons: Less privacy/more noise (sometimes) and less light. May be more difficult to re-sell and may have a longer market time than units higher up.
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Melissa Gray, Agent, Monee, IL
Mon Feb 10, 2014
Ground level condos would be my pick for resale value if the building does not have an elevator! It appeals to a broader spectrum of buyers
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Ben Rivera, Agent, Naperville, IL
Sat Feb 1, 2014
Despite personal preference a person should think about their comfort level. If you a warm blooded person and are always hot, the lower in a building you live might provide more comfort. Vice versa, if you suffer from anemia and are always cold you might want to possibly consider a higher unit. But again, review all the pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision.
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Daniel Cruz, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sat Feb 1, 2014
The biggest con to a ground unit is bugs and critters.
2nd con- Most of the time the ground units are much smaller and host building equipment like washer and dryers.

The pro is that they are more affordable
2nd pro- No stairs to hassle with.
3rd- stays much cooler in the summer
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Matt Hoyt, Agent, Highland Park, IL
Sun Sep 22, 2013
There are many pros and cons. Is it a walk up or a highrise? In a walk up 3 flat type of building built in the 1900's and rehabbed recently or not, you hear footsteps of the upstairs people. In buildings without poured concrete between the floors, thats just how it is. If you do not mind, then fine. Think about this...
walking up and down the stairs with your groceries, garbage, dry cleaning or whatever you must carry at the moment but NOT hearing the footsteps above your head all the time. Ground level you have an easier time without the stairs but will hear the people above. In a walk up I prefer the top floor but it varies per building.
Garden units will flood first too.
Now, if its an elevator building its obviously about the view and natural light. Usually you get better of both on a higher floor which is why the price increases as you go up. I like the higher floors in both personally.
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Joshua Novy, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sat Sep 21, 2013
Just make sure you get good inspection if you choose ground level. You don't want to run into any problems later.
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Jeffrey Olic…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sat Jun 29, 2013
There are many variables that can come into play. First, is this a walkup with two or three or maybe four floors? Is it a small building with only a few units? Is it a secured building?
Top Floors offer the advantage of no one living above you, so you do not hear people walking above you. It also tends to be more secure, but don't fool yourself, they might get broken into as well. You will generally have a better view and maybe have a rooftop deck, though sometimes that is common space and all units can use it but you would be closer. The negative is carrying groceries up and climbing all those stairs (but you might save on your health club costs!). If you have an elevator then it is less of an issue.
First floor has the benefit of easy access for you. you may also get some patio or yard space. You may not have anyone living below you (though sometimes there is a garden unit) so you might not have to worry about someone complaining about you walking across your floor. Depending on the type of building and the access points to your unit the first floor may be less secure.

So, the big issue is what will fit your lifestyle better?
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The Mclain G…, , Chicago, IL
Tue Apr 27, 2010
It'll hurt less if you fall off your balcony on the ground level:)
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