High Rise or Low Rise?

by John 09 Aug 2014

When looking to buy a condominium, one of the most important factors (besides location) is to choose a high rise or low rise development. 

High rise buildings typically offer nicer view from the higher floors. Lowrise developments sometimes have more of a townhouse feel. 

When searching for a condo it is best to look at various layouts to get a feel for what will be best for you.

Below is a list of Pros and Cons of High rise versus Low rise condos.

The Pros of High Rise

  • Offers amenities such as swimming pool, gym, tennis court, etc 
  • May offer service/utilities such as a convenience store and laundry (may be located nearby or within the building) 
  • Will have different unit layout types available
  • Will normally have concierges or doormen
  • Located closer to the city or in the city itself 
  • Offers car park
  • Adequate security and maintenance 
  • Nice view from higher floors 

The Pros of Low Rise:

  • Nearer to the street 
  • Less elevator time 
  • Often built in residential areas 
  • Offers more privacy
  • Owning pets would be more convenient 
  • Cheaper than high-rise, prices are often negotiable 

The Cons of High Rise: 

  • More expensive 
  • More noisy since it is typically located in the busy parts of the city, and neighbour units are closer
  • Less privacy since more people stay in the same building 
  • Poor air quality since it is usually located in more crowded place
  • More residents, so taking the elevator may take a bit more time especially during peak hours

The Cons of Low Rise: 

  • Fewer amenities
  • Less luxurious than high-rise
  • May be far from the city
  • Might not have elevators because of fewer floors

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