In walk-up world, apartments on higher floors are generally cheaper than lower floor ones, due to the schlep factor. "Even a young person can't bear to take heavy groceries up 5 floors," says one StreetEasy commenter. S/he goes on to argue that high-floor walk-ups are perfect for "older people with a fear of alzheimers. Because when I lived in a 5th floor walk up, I swear I never, ever forgot to take all my day's necessities with me. Never, ever forgot to take an umbrella. I have never been so organized. It all fell apart when I moved to an elevator building."
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