Hello! A slight piece of whimsy today but it does bear consideration. I have been giving thought to the pros and cons of living in semi-detached properties; and specifically, upstairs or downstairs? Come along with me.
If you select the ground floor you are most likely to have access to and use of the garden. That can be a lovely addition as it gives you space to break out and entertain with barbeques and parties. If you have heavy shopping you don’t have the worry of dragging it upstairs. The downside of the ground or basement floor is one of street noise and perhaps a lack of vista. And if living alone, maybe an issue of security.
Choosing the middle floors sounds like a safe bet. You are above street level and don’t have to worry too much as you only have one or two flights of stairs to navigate. However the thing to consider is how well insulated the floors and ceilings are as this could be a cause for neighbourly noises, which invariably do not coincide with when you are out at work. The upside is the flat would more likely to be brighter and sunnier than the ones below you.
Going to the top you have the bonus of a light and sunny view and little noise from neighbours as you have no one above you dragging furniture around in the middle of the night, which for some reason, tenants seem to think is an acceptable evening pursuit. You are possibly more secure as rarely would a chancer be walking past an upstairs flat with the intention of breaking in. The cons to the top floor is the issue of the stairs and if you are in an even taller building, the reliability of the lift. On more than one occasion our lift has decided to break down on a Friday afternoon, leaving us with the weekend to work on our leg muscles.
So my little Goldilocks, I leave the decision with you.