Subterranean homesick blues
January 12, 2006 3:04 PM Subscribe
Should I be concerned about subterranean living?
posted by werty to home & garden (23 answers total)
In the runaway housing market that is New York City, I often see listings for apartments on low floors. I've seen many duplex apartments that say "first floor" but are really five steps up and eight steps down from ground level.
My gut tells me that I wouldn't want to live in one of these places because the bedrooms are, in essence, underground. To me, the halfway-underground "first floors" may have less natural light and air circulation. If I lived in such a place and had children at some point, they'd ostensibly be sleeping underground, too, as it were. Then again, I like sunlit rooms and open windows, so it could be just my personal preference.
Does my disinclination have any scientific merit? Are there forces at play (mildew, air quality, lack of light, etc.) that can do long-term damage to one's physiological well-bring after a few years of sleeping underground? Or is it purely a matter of personal choice?
Note that I am not currently buying an apartment, nor is my wife pregnant. I'm just curious about the dwellings.