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Can You Handle The Urban Living Shift?

Jun 3, 2008
Low-rise apartments are more cozy and homey in style and are usually occupied by people in their twenties, retired couples, or young families with small children. Management varies from a single owner to a large corporation, and maintenance personnel live outside of the building. Low-rise apartments are often located in residential areas where groceries, schools, commercial areas and services are only a few blocks away. Low-rise apartments often offer more privacy since the front door is located off the streets or up a flight of stairs, and might even have a garden or a yard. The renter usually sets up the utilities and pays for them separate from the rent, but the rent for a low-rise is often easier to negotiate than the rent for a high-rise.

High-rise apartments are the most luxurious apartments of all the types. There's a wide variety of units available at any time, and they are more flexible with the lease start and end dates. However, deals and price breaks are more difficult to negotiate since the owner or the landlord already predetermines the price. Depending on the high-rise apartment, some might have a board of owners and residents who decide on the building's rules and policies. Some of the amenities high-rise apartments have include a convenience store or grocery in the ground floor of the building, central laundry facilities, other convenience outlets like a salon or cleaners, elevator service, garage parking (available for a certain fee), pre-installed phone, cable and internet hook-ups whose services may be added to the rent, and furnished units.

Apartments in the city usually have two types: high rises and low rises. Low-rise buildings include townhouses, walk-ups, and brownstones. Mid-rise apartments have six to eight floors and are a combination of high- and low-rise apartments. Mid-rise apartments sometimes have the amenities of a high-rise apartment, but its architectural style is that of a low-rise. They are usually meant for two kinds of lifestyles: home-like private lifestyles and ultra-convenient lifestyles. However, all apartments are different and have different facilities and amenities. It's better to do your research and ask the landlord which features they have, and decide for yourself which apartment type suits your lifestyle best.

The demand for apartment housing rises as more and more people continue to choose to rent apartments. This is mainly due to the convenience apartments provide since landlords already have a person who does repairs and maintenance. Others enjoy the lack of any long-term commitments and relocation flexibility, especially when they're always on the go.

Apartment living might be good for you if you are a young adult just starting out your career, a professional who gets transferred often, an empty nester traveling, or a single parent who has no time or money to maintain or buy a house in a specific school district. If you're tired of the long commute to work and want social activities and amenities where you live, you might enjoy apartment living too.

If you're renting an apartment or condominium in the city, you might want to look into getting renter's insurance. This covers any damage or loss to your property when you rent from a landlord or property manager. While your landlord insures the physical building against damage from fire and similar occurrences, the insurance policy doesn't cover your belongings. Should anything happen to your things, your landlord won't owe you any payment. Renter's insurance can also protect you against any damage caused by other tenants, as well as the medical bills or liability lawsuits of anyone injured in your apartment.
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Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://urbanrealestates.com
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