How stupid is it to consider an apartment above a pizza shop
June 10, 2012 9:43 PM Subscribe
Tomorrow I'm looking at an apartment that it turns out is located above a pizza shop. Given that this is usually
a bad idea, how - if at all - can I try to predict whether it might be an exception to that rule?
posted by Tomorrowful to home & garden (28 answers total)
I've heard horror stories about living above food-prep businesses; I also assume that there are exceptions, and that it's at least possible to happily live above a restaurant.
(For what it's worth, I'm looking at this one almost on a whim; it just happens to be exactly the right size and trim level, and the price looks like a good deal without being suspiciously too-good-to-be-true cheap. I'm not desperate for a place to live and if I have any doubts that it'll be fine, I'll simply move on.)
Smell: I'll be going on a very hot day, around dinnertime. If I don't smell anything, can I take that as any kind of confidence that the same will be true at other times of the day?
Noise: Obviously neighbor-noise is always a crapshoot in any situation. In this case it's a bi-level split unit, with the bedrooms upstairs. Is it likely that a whole floor will provide enough sound-insulation to keep me from being bothered by closing-time and opening-time clatter? (They're open from noon to midnight, which is my usual bedtime; I assume there will be activity well before and after that time, though.)
Basically, is living above a pizza shop the kind of thing that's almost guaranteed to be a problem, or can I sanity-check the actual apartment and sign a lease with a reasonable degree of confidence that it'll be no worse than the inevitable risks of living with unpredictable neighbors in a dense city?