At any property launch, the first units to get snapped up tend to be on the top and bottom floors. That’s why it’s a good idea to show up early to maximise your chances of getting the unit you want.
Remember, too, that having a top or bottom floor unit improves resale value and rentability: Most people tend toward one of these two options, rather than the nondescript middle floors.
What if you’re not sure if you’re more suited for the high life or the down-to-earth life? Well, just examine your personality and you’ll know the answer.
People who enjoy living on the topmost floors have the following traits:
• They have a phobia of lizards and other creepy crawlies.
• They love K-drama scenes in which someone holds a wineglass and gazes out over the city or sea in the distance.
• They have a playlist named “Total quiet” or “Will all my neighbours please shut up”.
• They love elevator music and/or that contemplative ride up or down in the lift.
• They keep quoting, “Low crime doesn’t mean no crime”, and want to make sure burglars need to do a lot of extra work to get into their top-floor fortress.
• They have a bigger housing budget and can literally look down on people if they want to.
All these requirements can be met in the top three to five floors of a block (some might say the top 10 floors). In most condos, units cost more the higher you go; the difference can be up to S$10,000 or S$15,000 just for being one floor higher. Ergo, top floor units are commonly associated with posh, exclusive types – although that’s a bit of a stereotype.
What about those who are happier on the lower floors? These more practical types:
• Want to save time by not having to wait for the lift.
• Prefer the possibility of more space over a dramatic view.
• Are adapted to their urban environment, and don’t mind the noise.
• Passed Secondary school science, so they know that heat rises.
• Speaking of heat, they want to be the first ones out when a fire starts.
The bottom four floors usually count as “lower floor” units. These units may be a bit bigger than higher floor units, but still at a lower cost.
Ground floor people are often seen as more social and practical types, as they have to be okay with people walking to and fro all day.
Low floors are often preferred by those who have elderly family members, children (no window ledges to crawl on), and family members who are mobility impaired. Some landlords choose ground floor units so the unit can cater to everyone, including the mobility impaired.