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Old 04-23-2024, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Sunnybrook Farm
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Keep in mind that ”condo” is a form of ownership not a building type. Condominiums can be fully detached structures, duplexes (”semi-detached”), townhouses (”row houses”), triple-deckers, or flats in a building of small to giant size. So can rental properties.

A building built from the beginning with owner occupancy of the flats in mind MIGHT or MIGHT NOT be built differently than one intended for rentals. A building full of rentals can be converted to condo ownership; a mostly empty condo building can be converted to rentals.

The best approach in my opinion is to go in with VERY LOW expectations about neighbor noise, so you won't be disappointed.

Personally it makes me no nevermind the form of ownership, I've resolved not to share walls ceilings or floors with others until I'm in assisted living when I hope I'll be either so deaf or loopy that the noise won't bother me.
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Old 04-24-2024, 09:33 PM
 
Location: 89052 & 75206
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We owned a condo in Dallas that was built to be a condo. It was a steel beamed structure with 9” of concrete between floors. We only ever hear doors slamming in the hallways, never footsteps above up or in the halls.

However, I think condos that were converted from old apartment buildings are typically not built as well and are not as quiet.
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Old 04-25-2024, 01:10 PM
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Location: Ocala, FL
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OP, I can't offer any advice. As per the thread title, I only get involved with Low rise condos.
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Old 04-25-2024, 03:42 PM
 
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OP, I can't offer any advice. As per the thread title, I only get involved with Low rise condos.
OP`s post is from 2010! His last post on C_D is 2015!
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Old 04-25-2024, 04:04 PM
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Location: Ocala, FL
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I was only making a joke, albeit not a very funny one. Lighten up, please.

I didn't resurrect this old thread, that was post #16.
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Old 04-26-2024, 03:21 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I live in a single story condo with shared walls on both sides. Hear neighbors bouncing off the walls occasionally, sometimes very loud and startling. Methinks soundproofing in this condo community isn't up to par.
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Old 04-26-2024, 10:18 AM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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Like anything else is probably depends on the building.

My best friend had a coop in NY for about 10 years, I spent a weekend with her once and did not hear one blessed thing. She said every once in a while she'd hear a dog bark.

My grandmother lived in an apartment in Stuyvesant Town in NYC, again I have no memories of it being noisy.

TBH along with how well built the building is you're probably talking about the people who live there. Someone who can afford the money, time and effort to get by a NYC coop board is probably going to behave themselves once they're in.
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Old Today, 06:48 AM
 
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The simple answer is YES. High-rises are between 100m-199m (300ft-649ft). These, along with structures higher (e.g., skyscraper), are built with more thickness and insulation and of course factored into the price ($500-$1000 per sqft).

I had lived in both a low-rise apartment (5 4-story) and a high-rise. I was on 2nd floor and I could hear little tots above me when they play and run around their unit. And I can also hear their dad snore. But I snore too so I don't mind.

There is no such noise heard from either of my high-rises. There is some mumbled noise when neighbor has a birthday party celebration going on with their guests but tolerable.

Because they are higher-priced, the neighbors are also more quiet. However, I would suggest making sure that if you are going to be living in one, that the HOA does not allow rent for less than a year. This removes short-term renters who are intent on merry-making for a week of rent.
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Old Today, 01:40 PM
 
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Old post, but I can definitely chime in as I own a condo in a high rise. I find it to be very quiet the higher up you go. My condo is on the 34th floor, and I luckily have very quiet neighbors. The owners on the lower levels have a lot of complaints amongst each other. They also have to deal with more riff raff happening out on the street. Also, I find that when it is a condo (not an apartment that can be rented), the owners that occupy their unit care more about noise than renters.
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