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Thinking about leasing a highrise apartment in Houston, but since I've never lived in a highrise before, I was hoping some posters on here who know a great deal about highrise living could help me. Looking for the what you believe the pros and cons of highrise living are. Im looking into an Uptown/Galleria location.
 

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Pros: Ease of living and all that come with that, View, free heat depending on floor etc

Cons: No yard, HOA fees
 

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Racin, my cousin just started at a luxury high-rish/loft leasing company. I can put you in touch if you want.

Pros are no lawn to mow, to roofs to maintain, less maintenance in general, views, more breezes.

Cons are maintenance fees, no lawn, it is a pain to bring in groceries/etc.

I've done both, I couldn't really tell you which is best. Each had their own pros and cons.
 

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The view is normally such a win!
This and location are why Im leaning towards this highrise.

Racin, my cousin just started at a luxury high-rish/loft leasing company. I can put you in touch if you want.

Pros are no lawn to mow, to roofs to maintain, less maintenance in general, views, more breezes.

Cons are maintenance fees, no lawn, it is a pain to bring in groceries/etc.

I've done both, I couldn't really tell you which is best. Each had their own pros and cons.
you have pm
 

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Depending on the high rise, you can find underground parking and if your spot is near the elevator, its not that difficult for groceries, etc.


Cons:
Moving in, depending on size of furniture could be a pain in the ass.
Safety in the occurrence of fires, etc
Depending on build quality, you can hear your above neighbor's cousins sisters kids family's step child babies stomping on the floor.
Have higher HOA dues per month/quarterly, etc.
You will be restricted against usage and size pets you can have

Pros
Depending on the floor and side you're facing, you could have spectacular views.
little to no maintenance.
Usually a concierge and security guard.
Also, can be great locations
HOA can include water , garbage, etc.

List goes on for each category, what are your main desires and wishes? Also, what would you not like so much.
 

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what are your main desires and wishes? Also, what would you not like so much.
I work a ton, so I need a property that is low maintenance and safe above all. I have a Maserati so I need a private garage to store it safely. I would buy a property but dont want to deal with upkeep and maintenance which I just dont have time for like cutting grass or fixing things. I know a high rise isnt "quiet" but I dont want it to be cheaply built so far as I could hear what the other people are talking about in the other room (ref. Office Space). I do know I want to RENT and not buy. Biggest reason is I have always lived in the burbs, and am not sure where else id like to currently live so id like to roam around adjacent areas near my business. I currently live over 30min from work, and would like to cut that into less that half, not only saving on fuel costs, but also loss of TIME.

NEED:
-private garage
-close to work and nightlife
-1 bed plus study for my office
-balcony/terrace
-updated/modern finishes (stainless, granite, hardwood)
-safe (security guard, doorman)
-parking for vistors
-24hr repairs
-good management/staff

WANTS:
-as high up as I can go 20th+ floor
-spectacular views
-lots of space
-quiet/privacy
-ammenties (gyms, personal trainers, weekend brunches/dinners, concierge, house keeping, etc)
-like aged community/atmosphere
-excellent management/staff


HATE:
-poorly built buildings
-open parking (non resevered)
-no ample parking for vistors
-unsafe buildings
-overpriced properties
-no space/efficiencies
-not clean (breezeways, hallways, elevators)
-impolite neighbors
-impolite staff
-unresponsive staff/Management
 

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cons:
- no garage to work on 'little things' (eg, oil changes)
- your garage neighbor parks right next to you
- many don't have a place to wash your own car
- no parking for guests
- can't listen to music/movies as loud as you want
- drunk idiots pulling the fire alarm @ 3am in the morning
- you can't get the fixtures/appliances you necessarily want
- no backyard
- HOAs are dumb
- many have no BBQ policy for balconies (screw that)

pros:
- view
- "easier living"
- you can enjoy a pool in the city (sometimes) - unless the idiots built it so that the shade of the buildings covers the pool by noon

to consider if they're factors:
- security guards can't monitor entire place so that's not a feature imo
- high floor balconies sound cool - but they are too fucking windy to enjoy


deal-killers IMO:
- many condos are moving towards a valet-only model
- many in the city now rent out garages during day for businesses - extreme hassle/pain in the ass trying to just goto the store during the day

hmmm, why am i living in one of these dumb-ass buildings....

- chuck
 

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Fire?

What? Are you in a tower that is suspeptable to terrorist attacks?

I lived in a high rise for 2 years. For me, it was such an ease.

Eveyone says that you have neighbors, but I can bet 100$ that the people next to you are just the same as you.

Groceries?

Are you hauling 500lbs. of beef? No. You're young, and you are very much capable to haul your own food.

Verdict: Move in.
 

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We are looking at condo's right now. At first we were sold on houses, but the location, view and worry-free lifestyle is too much for resist, at least at this point of our lives. The one thing I am a little sad I will have to live without is my own garage.
 

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Con: I forgot something in my car when I was at my friends house and it took my 15 minutes round trip to go get it
 

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very true, and if you dont like valet parking your car sometime you have no choice or if its tandem parking you'll fnd a car parked behind you and you'll have to get the valet to move that car and sometimes the person will accidently take the keys.


cons:
- no garage to work on 'little things' (eg, oil changes)
- your garage neighbor parks right next to you
- many don't have a place to wash your own car
- no parking for guests
- can't listen to music/movies as loud as you want
- drunk idiots pulling the fire alarm @ 3am in the morning
- you can't get the fixtures/appliances you necessarily want
- no backyard
- HOAs are dumb
- many have no BBQ policy for balconies (screw that)

pros:
- view
- "easier living"
- you can enjoy a pool in the city (sometimes) - unless the idiots built it so that the shade of the buildings covers the pool by noon

to consider if they're factors:
- security guards can't monitor entire place so that's not a feature imo
- high floor balconies sound cool - but they are too fucking windy to enjoy


deal-killers IMO:
- many condos are moving towards a valet-only model
- many in the city now rent out garages during day for businesses - extreme hassle/pain in the ass trying to just goto the store during the day

hmmm, why am i living in one of these dumb-ass buildings....

- chuck
 

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LOL, I put him and my cousin (she is doing highrise/luxury condo leasing) together and as it turns out, he was already working with someone at the same company.

Hence the small world.
 
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