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[Jun. 4th, 2016|08:30 am]

There was a listing for an apartment on Henry and about 2nd place in Caroll Gardens that I was really excited about; laundry in building, not first floor, plenty of space, price not completely crazy-town... what was the catch? The catch appeared once we actually walked there with the agent, and it was that it wasn't on Henry at all, but a block away, right on the BQE, constant traffic audible in every corner of the apartment. Oof.

[User Picture]From: platypuslord
2016-06-05 11:52 pm (UTC)
What's wrong with first floor?
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[User Picture]From: altamira16
2016-06-06 12:11 am (UTC)
I would imagine that first floor apartments are easier to break into and noisier with everyone walking past your door.

Edited at 2016-06-06 12:12 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: queen_elvis
2016-06-06 12:56 am (UTC)
People also dislike that a first-floor apartment is guaranteed to have someone living above, creating the kind of constant noise that Jason is trying to get away from. Might not be as big an issue in NYC since there are lots of high-rises.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2016-06-09 11:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, our odds of getting a top-floor seem slim. I'm just hoping for at least one of "not paper thin floors" and "not literally two-year olds training for olympic track and field events apparently".
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From: rdore
2016-06-07 03:48 am (UTC)
Beyond the above, first floor apartments are also more likely to have pest problems.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2016-06-09 11:22 am (UTC)
That's something I hadn't thought of, but is totally true from experience now that you mention it. Haven't seen a single cockroach in the current (2nd floor) place, but my previous (ground floor) apt had one from time to time.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2016-06-09 11:21 am (UTC)
It's K that vetoed first floor, mostly because she likes to be able to open windows while sleeping and not feel like someone could easily break in. Also you get less sunlight in the city the lower down you are.

I've lived on first-floor apartments various times in my life --- and even got burglarized in one once, not while we were there, which strangely hasn't deterred me. Shrug.
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