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Old 04-15-2007, 04:24 PM
 
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Has anyone actually lived in one of these? I found a great apartment in a great location, but it's in a 5th floor walk up. Do you get used to it or is it always a pain? I'm especially worried about moving in and coming home after a long day and having to trek up all those stairs...
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Old 04-15-2007, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Blacksburg, VA
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I lived in a 4th floor walkup. I didn't have kids then. It was fine and we'd go sit on the roof sometimes.
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Old 04-15-2007, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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my mom (who is from Manhattan) tells me that those kinds of buildings probably haven't done renovations and are old and dirty.
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Old 04-15-2007, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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When I was 20 years old--I lived in a 6th Floor walk-up in the West Village. It seemed like a piece of cake.

Now, I'm not ready to walk six extra steps!

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Has anyone actually lived in one of these? I found a great apartment in a great location, but it's in a 5th floor walk up. Do you get used to it or is it always a pain? I'm especially worried about moving in and coming home after a long day and having to trek up all those stairs...
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Old 04-15-2007, 06:20 PM
 
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my mom (who is from Manhattan) tells me that those kinds of buildings probably haven't done renovations and are old and dirty.
This is SO NOT TRUE! There are some really nice apartments in these buildings with real character!
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Old 04-15-2007, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Pawleys Island, SC
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You learn and adjust yourself...

-Its good exercise
-you plan your going out carefully, so not to make many trips
-limit your shopping to only a couple of bags
-no dogs to walk

I remember doing it as a kid and it wasn't so bad but now? Although I could certainl use the exercise.
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Old 04-16-2007, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I've never lived in a walk-up, but I have always lived on the 4th floor of the buildings I've rented in (simply by coincidence) and I hardly ever use the elevator, opting for the stairs instead. I need the exercise and why waste energy on a lift? That seems to be enough motivation most times.

Moving in will suck though, and if you do large amounts of laundry at once it will be annoying too.
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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my mom (who is from Manhattan) tells me that those kinds of buildings probably haven't done renovations and are old and dirty.
That's not neccesarily true. It's just that for some reason some buildings weren't built with elevators. Depending on how big the building is sometimes it isn't possible to have an elevator in there. The buidling I used to live in for instance was pretty small, it only had two apartments on each floor.

I lived in a 5th floor walkup. It was fine for the most part. Moving is a hassle but outside of that you get used to it.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Boston
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You can adjust, but I don't think I'd do it again. If you go for it get your groceries delivered. Freshdirect saved me.
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Old 04-17-2007, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Minnesota, USA
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Has anyone actually lived in one of these? I found a great apartment in a great location, but it's in a 5th floor walk up. Do you get used to it or is it always a pain? I'm especially worried about moving in and coming home after a long day and having to trek up all those stairs...
I would love to live in a fifth-floor walk up. And I wouldn't reduce my quantity of shopping either...I'd get so much exercise and be so thinner living in that kind of setting!
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