Image Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/PgQgOQ5VhJ0
The process of choosing a condominium isn’t exactly as easy as it sounds. There are many factors to consider including the location, the price, the amenities, and the policies, among others. One question that you should also take a look at is whether you should look for a low-rise condo, or a high-rise option. While some people may have an immediate answer as a matter of preference, here are some objective ways to determine whether a low-rise or a high-rise condominium is the better fit for you:
One of the considerations that play a role whether a low-rise or a high-rise condo is the better choice is the location. Of course, the first reason would be a matter of safety. If the location is near a fault line for example, you may be better off with a low-rise property so that it would be easy for you to evacuate. Or you may simply just opt for a low-floor unit in a high-rise unit as projects in the area are bound to have undergone stringent safety assessments that led to a condo option that keeps residents safe against earthquakes.
If you’re also looking at living in a condo along a busy neighborhood, such as a condo along EDSA (one of the busiest, if not the busiest road in the Philippines, then it may be relatively more quiet in a unit in a higher floor so it would be better for you to choose a high-rise condo. Or if you are looking at a condo for rent in Pasig City and want a view of the Makati or Taguig skyline, or the mountains of Rizal, the high-rise option is the way to go.
Another point of consideration when choosing between high-rise and low-rise condos is how easy it is for you to go to and from your unit. Low-rise condos give you less competition with the elevators, and stairs can be an alternative. Sometimes, a low-rise condo may not even have an elevator at all. So if you’re okay with using the stairs, then low-rise condos seem to be a nice choice.
Definitely, ease of access may seem to be on the side of low-rise condos, but if a high-rise condo option has enough high-speed elevators that could keep up with the demand from the residents, then you shouldn’t have issues going for high-rise living.
Condos from major developers are typically mid-rise to high-rise because they try to maximize the utility of their landbank. But there are condo projects in large managed estates that are really meant to be low-rise, with the intention of fostering low-density communities.
So living in a low-density community is what you want, then a low-rise option may be the better choice for you. If it is not your primary concern, then living in a high-rise project shouldn’t be a problem.
High-rise condos are typically seen as more expensive than low-rise condos as constructing and maintaining a tall project comes with higher development costs. Meanwhile, low-rise condos would entail lower project and maintenance costs, leading to cheaper condo units and cheaper condo dues.
Of course, this isn’t the only determining factor for how much a condo unit will be as there are other considerations such as location and quality. Consider these as well as you assess which condo unit will give you the best value for your money.
Whether a low-rise condo or a high-rise condo is the better choice is generally up to your preference. The four factors above can just help you look at the options more objectively, all in an effort to find the best condo for you.