Where is a single-family house without a ground floor?


(Flickr phto by Trey Ratcliff)


I’ve never seen a single-family house without a ground floor.  Have you?

Yet an overwhelming percentage of buyers seeking an apartment in Manhattan and elsewhere demand a higher floor.

As someone who lives in an elevated first-floor co-operative apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, I cannot honestly disagree with some of the concerns that buyers express.  Among their issues–must I enumerate them?–are noise, light and security.


On the market nearly a year, a first-floor 1BR co-op with DR that had its price recently reduced to $460,000.


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