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Apartment Living: Top Floor vs. Bottom Floor

Anacortes Apartment BuildingAnacortes rental homes come in a myriad of shapes and sizes — and elevations. In many cases, rental homes and apartments have units directly above or below other units. Given the option to choose to live on the top floor or the bottom floor, what would you choose? While many people consider the top floor the ideal location, it all actually depends on your particular situation and needs. When you weigh out the pros and cons of the top floor and bottom floor, you can decide which one suits your lifestyle better.

Ease of Access

Access is a primary consideration when choosing between a ground-level rental or a higher one. Top-floor apartments have to deal with stairs or elevator access every day. Moving in and out of top-floor apartments could also cost more since movers usually charge additional fees for hauling furniture to higher levels. Bottom-floor rental homes have the advantage of easier access.


Safety is another major factor in choosing between the top floor and bottom floor. Rental homes that are higher up often have more secure windows that are not easily accessible from the outside. The downside is that it makes it harder to escape through a window in case of fire or other emergencies. If security is on your priority needs list, you can choose a rental home location that gives you that.


Noise levels are always an issue when choosing a rental home. As a general rule, top-floor apartments tend to be less noisy than those below. But this does not guarantee that you won’t get noisy neighbors below. This also means you could be the noisy one for those living below you. You might have to face the hassle of being reported to the landlord and dealing with the complaints.

Natural Light

One major advantage of top-floor rental homes is the greater amount of natural light. If your building has other structures around it, rental home units that are higher up are more likely to receive more light than those on the bottom. However, bottom-floor rentals have the benefit of being closer to the garden, so if you want to be near flowers instead of gazing at skylines, the bottom floor might be the best spot for you.

Cost of Utilities

The cost of utilities also figures a lot in choosing a unit. In general, top-floor apartments tend to have higher utility costs than bottom-floor homes. During warm weather, hot air tends to rise, meaning your air conditioning unit will need to work harder to cool a top-floor rental home than a bottom-floor one. Since bottom-floor apartments tend to have cooler temperatures, they are less expensive to heat and cool versus those on the top floor.

Ultimately, your personal preferences and needs will determine the best option for you. But if your current Anacortes rental isn’t ideal, maybe it’s time to find a new place to live. If you are in the market for a new rental home, Real Property Management Teyata can help! Visit our website to check out our listings, or give us a call today!

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