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Old 03-26-2007, 01:11 AM
 
Location: Michissippi
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Has anyone ever rented an apartment in a highrise? I'm under the impression that unless you're renting an expensive apartment in an expensive building, you'd probably end up being happier at a normal 2-3 story "lowrise" apartment. Some of the issues with a highrise might be:

Will the elevators work?
Will there be any water pressure?
Will there be easily accessible parking? What if a friend wants to visit?
Will the building be full of bugs?

Comments? Do you agree with my perception that there are many dumpy highrise apartments out there and that you need to be in an expensive one for it to be worthwhile?
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Old 03-26-2007, 04:03 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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you don't need a real expenisve high-rise to avoid problems. i live in a 2-bed 2-bath for $1350 (for DC and NoVA that's a steal) and i rarely have problems. elevators do go out but that is rare. one or two ants do show up but no roaches. the parking can be a problem espically if trying to park at night. i've never had any issues with the water. in DC proper the high-rises are a lot safer than the low rises with all the flying stray bullets. to sum it up no i don't agree with you.
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:13 AM
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No. I know loads of people who live in mid-range high rise buildings in Chicago that don't have those problems except the issue of accessible parking, but that is a problem in many places in the city, I used to live in a 3 storey building and my friends often had a hard time finding parking within 1/2 a mile of my place (most buildings whether 3 story or 30 story don't have parking options).

One unusual problem that vexes a lot of people I know who live in high rises on the lake, both expensive ones and not so expensive ones is the inexplicable presence of these little spiders that seem to crawl up and down the outside windows. It seems that spiders like the lakefront view as well.

That being said, I like my two-flat better.
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Old 03-27-2007, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Michissippi
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I lived in the DC/NoVA area for a couple months a few years back, and yeah, it's definitely a parking nightmare at many apartment complexes, both highrise and two story.
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