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Why it doesn’t completely suck to live on the ground floor

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Upper West Side co-op owner and broker-blogger Malcolm Carter opens the kimono on life inside a first-floor apartment. Sure, it’s loud and there’s cigarette smoke drifting in from the street. On the other hand:

  • Eventually you stop noticing the window bars
  • The reflected sunlight from the buildings across the street is  sometimes as bright as the real thing
  • Working from home is like sitting at an outdoor café, what with the snatched bits of conversation and cigarette smoke
  • Ground floor apartments are cheaper
  • Being so close to the doorman is arguably safer than living upstairs
  • Guess who’s not taking the stairs when the power goes out?
  • UPS etc delivers directly to his door
  • It’s easy to pop outside for a weather-check before getting dressed for real
     

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