Advantages to Ground Floor Apartment Living

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While a bit dated, we still related to this New York Times article from 2004. It was written at the height of the real estate boom but much of the article still applies. It's all about the disadvantages and suprising advantages to living in a ground floor apartment.

Living on the Ground Floor: Bargain or Fool's Paradise points out the usual drawbacks to first floor living: lack of light, lobby noise, street noise, limited views, gawking pedestrians, bars on windows and safety concerns. But there distinct advantages, too, especially in brownstones and walkups:

  • Many ground floor units have direct access to a garden.
  • Living on the first floor feels most like living in a single family home. No trapsing past other people's doors on the way to your own - you simply walk straight into your home.
  • Ground floor apartments stay cooler in the heat of the summer.
  • On quiet, pretty streets, ground floor apartments actually have a nice connection to the life going on outside.
  • No worries about disturbing neighbors below you.
  • Of course, no hauling shopping bags, bikes, strollers up four flights of stairs.

We enjoy our ground floor home. Granted, it's lifted about 8 feet above street level and it's on a quiet street in a small building, but we've found ourselves thankful for each of these ground floor advantages on countless occasions.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.