‘Penthouse premium’ for top floor flats
- 21st December 2011
- Buying Property News
Are the advantages like lack of foot fall noise from neighbours and extra light worth the extra price?
Stephen Ludlow, Chairman of ludlowthompson, explains: “When searching for a property, there is always a lot to consider - location, proximity to parking or public transportation, closet space - all of which are hugely important when finding that perfect place.
"However, there is one secondary factor in the hunt that also has the potential to affect day-to-day lifestyle - whether or not the flat is on the top floor.”
Considering a top-floor apartment? Here are the pros and cons.
- It is quieter – no upstairs neighbours and further way from street level which means much less noise from foot traffic inside and outside the building.
- Top floor flats often feature balconies/private roof/terrace areas that are great for enjoying your best-in-the-building view and require less maintenance than gardens.
- Fewer visits from unwanted pests like insects and mice.
- Increased security – it is less likely that someone can break into your property.
- Warmer in the winter - heat rises, so living on the top floor can help to minimise your heating costs in winter as long as the roof is properly insulated.
- More natural sunlight.
- Extra privacy as upper floors are less likely to be overlooked.
- Access to more storage space if there is an attic.
- Need to consider fire safety – unless there is a fire escape, then it is further to the exit in the unlikely event of a fire.
- Stairs can be a problem for some, particular for parents with young children still using a pushchair.
- Unlikely to have access to a garden – terraces and balconies are generally smaller and unlikely to have a lawn for children to play on.
Here are a few top floor apartments that are currently available at ludlowthompson:
When searching for a property, there is always a lot to consider.
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