Bohemia Blog by Agent Jonathan Gregory Elkins
We all dread it. After a hard day’s work, millions of New Yorkers walk through the front door of their building, and turn their heads to find there’s one more job to get done: climbing the stairs of their apartment.
When going over amenities, an increasingly common request I receive is, “Can you please find an elevator building within my budget?” I sympathize. No one, after facing the typical day in the Concrete Jungle, wishes to wrap up their homebound journey with an uphill climb. We would all prefer to coast through the front door, drop our bag, and settle in for some Netflix or evening news without having to trek a mountain first. But, is it really that bad? Are there no inherent advantages to a walk up? This real estate agent believes there are.
Let’s start with probably the most distinct and important advantage to living in a walk up: cost. For the budget minded tenant, which is the vast majority of New Yorkers, the walk up softens the blow to your wallet or purse each month. In market terms, walk up apartments are typically less expensive than units in elevator buildings. In a city where the cost of living is much higher than the national average, the walk up is your opportunity to keep more of your hard earned dollars.
Another important advantage to a walk-up living is the health benefits. The positive health effects of climbing a few flights each day cannot be underestimated. According to StepJockey, walking up eight flights of stairs a day lowers average mortality risk by 33%, reduces the risk of a heart attack, and can stop middle age weight gain. So if you want that ticker ticking strong, the love handles in check, and a longer life, the walkup is the way to go.
Finally, a particularly positive facet of walk ups you can enjoy has to do with all of us. Life in New York can be pretty rough, especially for the elderly, handicapped, and small children. The myriad of stairs you have to deal with for general commuting in the city is difficult enough
without having to deal with that extra flights at the end of the day. Now what if you’re in your twilight years? What if you use a cane to walk? What if you’re less than three feet tall and can’t tackle a step without holding your parent’s hand? By choosing the walk up life you’re leaving
units available that would be more easily accessible for older folks, disabled individuals, and children. In other words, you’d be doing a little good for your fellow humans and that’s something we can all appreciate.
So keep a little more money in your pocket each month, do your figure a favor, and make life a little easier for those who need it. Don’t fear the walk up.