Should I move into the apartment of my formerly noisy neghbour?
January 1, 2012 10:50 AM Subscribe
There are a lot of previous questions about neighbour relations in apartment buildings. I'm nevertheless going to ask another one. Please tell me about top floor living in a walk up building and whether it's worth it.
posted by analog to Home & Garden (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I moved in to a new building (a 3 storey walk up, 11 units) in June 2011. It is an incredibly old building - late 1800s, with single pane windows, 12 foot ceilings, french doors leading to a balcony, old rads, and ancient wood floors that creak like mad. The apartments in the building are sort of pricey for one bedrooms, so in general it's a professional crowd who lives here. I adore my 2nd floor apartment, but there have been several issues with my upstairs neighbour.
1) She often comes home late (3 or 4) and is a loud walker. I have been woken up out of a sound sleep by the creaking when she walks.
2) When she is in the apartment and not busy coming home late, she plays fairly loud music well into the wee hours. The volume of the music has generally gone down since I talked to her about it a couple of times, and gave her a bottle of wine. Nevertheless, I have still had to knock on her door a few times due to what amounted to a party at 2 in the morning on a weekday. Even when she gives me a heads up about a social gathering she plans to have, and promises to move the party elsewhere by midnight, the party never seems to move.
I also can hear her have sex, but I am not particulary bothered by this - I think it's part of apartment living, like hearing your neighbour snore. I also hear fairly loud music at times I would like it to be more quiet (weekday evenings, Sunday afternoons), but I have never, not once, asked her to turn down the music before midnight. Just as background, our lease reads that general quiet is expected between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Also - no issues at all with my downstairs neighbours - as far as I know, they are happy with me and I am happy with them. And one other thing - I am also a bit bothered by people walking by my door on their way upstairs. There are 5 other apartments past/above mine for people to get to, and their steps feel awfully close to me sometimes.
But here is the thing - I just found out that my upstairs neighbor is moving out! I have a chance to take her apartment, but there a few issues.
A) As her place is on the top floor, the windows are smaller.
B) The apartment is also a touch smaller.
C) I hate the heat, and being one floor up would be hotter.
D) I worry that I would feel frozen with worry about upsetting the downstairs neighbour with any noise! (if you have read my past posts, you might pick up that I worry a lot)
E) Even moving one floor is a pain in the ass.
F) More stairs to climb with groceries.
G) I just don't like her apartment as much as I like mine.
H) Most people don't come home at 3 or 4 and party til 2 on weekdays, right? So it's unlikley that I will face a similar situation with any new person moving into her place, correct?
So, getting to my question - please tell me your thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of living on the top floor in a walk up, esp. in this kind of situation!
Thanks for your feedback!