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在澳大利亚 I need some advice regarding a property purchase. Property - semi-detached house Bedrooms - 2 Condition - average needs internal reno to modernise Street - one of the best in suburb Location - excellent Close to schools - yes Transport - 50m The pool at of an IP needs to be resurfaced (or so the pool doctor says), the cost was estimated to be $10K ($10,000), after recoverying from my impresssion of a cat coughing up a fur ball, it just seems far too much. Its just a standard poo


Seems that the top floor of a three-storey walk-up means more light, privacy, and no noise from units above. However the down-side would be that you wouldn't want to forget anything left in the car in the basement carpark!
Wondering what people think about top floor living in three storey walk-ups.  

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Wouldn't do it. Had to do it at a unit before and it was horrible! Everytime we did a big grocery shop it was such a pain in the bum. Good for getting fit though.  

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Sad to say, but inspecting these things is the only exercise I get in the winter months :(

They are desired by tenants:
Top floor views
No noise from above
Feeling of more security higher up
No walk-by traffic past your front door
and therefore attract slightly more rent.

Also bear in mind from a LL perspective, anectdotally at least, they have less tenant turnover - once they move their furniture in, they don't want to move it out down all those stairs again ;)  

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Hehe Prop and I are on the same page with reasons- he beat me to it. I've found the main reasons people prefer top floors is for safety and privacy. Not many would-be thieves could be bothered climbing all the stairs let alone carting the plasma down three flights :D

But I always remind home buyers (owners in particular) about the downsides of carting groceries, baby paraphernalia etc up all those stairs- it aint much fun when you've been out bulk buying! More importantly, though, when you consider practicalities, is the no. of doors you need to go through to reach your unit (no matter what floor) Some buyers don't take this into account and can find themselves having to sit groceries down and pick up again 3-5 times over before reaching their final destination. It pays to consider such banalities of life when unit hunting... unless, of course, the complex has a lift :)  

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Don't like the look of the bathroom ceiling in the lower floors or the fact you have to put the exhaust fan out the window.  

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twobobsworth said: ↑
Don't like the look of the bathroom ceiling in the lower floors or the fact you have to put the exhaust fan out the window.Click to expand...
Good point. Plus you can usually get BC approval to install skylights on the top floor if the unit is a bit dark or in the shade of some established trees.  

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twobobsworth said: ↑
Don't like the look of the bathroom ceiling in the lower floors or the fact you have to put the exhaust fan out the window.Click to expand...
Ah yes then there's the light situation- top floors can be wonderful places for skytubes and skylights. There's also the added advantage of being (possibly) to utilize the roof space- I've heard of owners actually buying this space off the BC and using it as attic/storage areas.  

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Propertunity said: ↑
Good point. Plus you can usually get BC approval to install skylights on the top floor if the unit is a bit dark or in the shade of some established trees.Click to expand...
Alan- you're freaking me out with your ESP here... our thoughts are occurring concurrently.... :eek::D  

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Jacque said: ↑
Alan- you're freaking me out with your ESP here... our thoughts are occurring concurrently.... :eek::DClick to expand...
I'm scared.......I want an adult ;)
Or perhaps we have been too long at this Buyer Agent thing :eek:  

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Propertunity said: ↑
I'm scared.......I want an adult ;)
Or perhaps we have been too long at this Buyer Agent thing :eek:Click to expand...
Or property forums :D
I'm going on almost 10 years here soon I believe... boy am I addicted to real estate discussions. Just can't help myself :D  

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I had a top floor (Ground, 1, 2) 2 br unit in a 3 storey walk up in Surfers.

Definetly go for the top floor unit, unless it is aimed at older occupants. Reasons are,

security.
air circulation/breeze.
Privacy.
freedom to alter unit or add aircond, lighting etc.
less/no mozzies at that height.
views.
No noise from upstairs neighbors footsteps etc.

The stairs are a bit of a hassle, but you get used to it and work smarter, ie take the rubbish out when you collect the mail etc.  

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Whozat said: ↑
Wondering what people think about top floor living in three storey walk-ups.Click to expand...
We lived in one just like that in Randwick when we were students - loved it.

We'd been looking for ages and it was complete dross. This little 1 bedroom place on the top floor was clean, neat and light and bright. The agency was around the corner on Belmore Ave and I ran !!

A bloke was actually chasing me....but I won. Slapped the holding deposit down in cash on the counter and said "I'll take it" just as he burst through the door. He was one unhappy camper when he missed out.

Two years later when we left and they leased it out again, the same thing happened. Potential tenants running and competing with one another. We had the luxury of watching the carry-on from the balcony.

Can highly recommend living in them, especially if you are young and fit.  

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We had a second floor unit (ground, first, & second floors in the block) which we completely renovated. As a direct result, we now only buy ground floor units. My hubs and father in law nearly killed themselves getting a (very small) fridge up the stairs. Never again!  

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Now that I own a piano that weighs over 200kg, no I wouldn't want a top floor with stairs. :eek:

I currently live on a ground floor in a nice suburb, where I'm not concerned about crime so I love the position of my one, with a nice garden to make the courtyard private.

I know the general view is that top floor is better, but I also think the position and type of apartment block is also important. When I first started looking in the area, the block I wanted to buy in had two apartments positioned near one another, one third (top) floor, the other ground. Pretty much the same thing, except the level. The price difference was 1.3% and they both sold within weeks of one another. Unless the top floor one has a nice view of a park or water or something, or it's a suburb where crime can be an issue, I don't see why it'd neccessarily be better. Unless of course noise is an issue, but if it's a quality building it should be pretty sound proof. I on the rare occassion hear furniture being moved, but definately no general noise like footsteps etc.  

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We bought a top floor apartment, which was a 2 storey apartment, so had more space than lower level apartments.
But alot of top floor apartments we looked at were extremely hot, so in summer would need alot of air conditioning.

Pen  

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Propertunity said: ↑
Sad to say, but inspecting these things is the only exercise I get in the winter months :(

They are desired by tenants:
Top floor views
No noise from above
Feeling of more security higher up
No walk-by traffic past your front door
and therefore attract slightly more rent.

Also bear in mind from a LL perspective, anectdotally at least, they have less tenant turnover - once they move their furniture in, they don't want to move it out down all those stairs again ;)Click to expand...

I agree with the above. I don't mind three floors up if it has views and no walk-by traffic but that's probably as far as I would go without a lift. Having said that, I probably wouldn't live there when I'm old so it will most likely be tenanted or lived in when my joints are still functioning :eek:  

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