Condo hunters are bound to face this age old adage: to live above 10 storeys or not to live above 10-storeys high? Seriously though, apartment complexes in ancient Rome grew to ten storeys and higher, so there’s nothing too new about the concept of high floor living!
In a vibrant city like Toronto, condo development is at a fever pitch, and it seems like a new skyscraper is built every other week. So, for any new condo hunters out there trying to decide between living up high or closer to the ground, we bring you some important news: according to a recent study, living on a higher floor could mean a longer life.
Amazing, right? We promise this is not just a hunch- it’s scientific. Living on a higher floor could substantially decrease the likelihood of developing many fatal diseases.
A study by scientists in Switzerland was conducted by analyzing more than 1.5 million people living in buildings with 4 floors or more. The result? They found that the chance of dying from serious lung disease was 40% greater among residents who lived on the ground floor compared to those with an apartment on the 8th floor or above. For heart disease, mortality rates were 35% greater among those at ground level and for lung cancer the risk of death increased by 22%.
The researchers concluded that pollution was a huge factor in this decreased risk to disease, but also that exercise was a positive influence on health. (No way! Who would’ve thought?!)
Beyond these enlightening health benefits, there are some other factors that you might want to weigh when considering if a high floor level is the right choice for you!
Pros of living higher up:
- Less chance of dying from lung disease
- Lowered risk of dying from heart disease
- More secluded
- Less traffic/street noise
- Less pollution
- More exercise (if you walk up the stairs and boycott the elevator- hint: do it!)
- Better views
- Better security (less exposure to and risk of crime)
- Did we mention you are less likely to be exposed to FATAL diseases??
Cons of living higher up:
- Higher cost
- More secluded
- Scary for people with a fear of heights
- Less likely to go outside as often
- Takes (marginally) longer to get outside
- Temperature (because higher floors are exposed to direct sunlight for long periods, it will probably get pretty hot up there- but we’re assuming those who can afford sky rise condominiums have A/C)
- Unless you have a big balcony, you won’t have access or exposure to much greenery
- More difficult to bring things in and out (ie. Groceries, moving boxes, furniture, etc.)
Considering all of the above, would you live on a higher floor? Let us know below!
We hope we’ve helped you gain a little insight on what you value in a condo most!