HDB - low corner or high corridor?

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HDB - low corner or high corridor?

Post by curiousgeorge » Tue, 14 Oct 2014 9:11 am

Title says it all really.

Faced with a choice between 4th floor corner unit and a 10th floor corridor (like, the first one on the corridor next to the lift!) which would you prefer?

Think that the breeze will be that much less on the 4th floor?

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Post by bgd » Tue, 14 Oct 2014 9:51 am

4th floor.

How often are the lifts out? If you are next to the lifts will you get noise from the lifts or from people milling around? What about people walking past your flat day and night.

Personal preference for me is a lower floor. I've lived as high as 30 and as low as 2. Feel much more in touch with life on the lower floors.

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Post by rajagainstthemachine » Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:05 am

don't stay next to the lifts whatever you do. It will be very noisy plus you'll have to deal with dogs pee smells too
and get the corner unit too.
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Re: HDB - low corner or high corridor?

Post by zzm9980 » Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:48 am

curiousgeorge wrote:Title says it all really.

Faced with a choice between 4th floor corner unit and a 10th floor corridor (like, the first one on the corridor next to the lift!) which would you prefer?

Think that the breeze will be that much less on the 4th floor?
The HDB noise will all depend on how many units there are per floor (the HDB I stayed in only had four units per lift, and no corridor connecting on that floor) and your neighbors.

The breeze will entirely depend on the HDB's orientation to each other. At my old place, it would be a wind-tunnel capable of blowing your hat off between some buildings, but dead still 50m away. Also very dependent on the season.

I also believe if you're not above the tree line you'll have even more insects than you would if you were. And I had quite a few on the 13th floor.

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Post by Wd40 » Thu, 16 Oct 2014 2:18 pm

The view and the breeze are the main factors. But, are the units identical? I would look at the units themselves and see which one is better, I wouldn't give too much weightage to the unit level and corridor/corner.

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Post by curiousgeorge » Thu, 16 Oct 2014 6:51 pm

I am kind of pulled more towards the 4th floor corner unit...not quite as large as the corridor, oddly. But the corner peaks past the opposite block so is unblocked view (or "unblock view" as the local estate agents say).

This also means it catches the breeze better. Both places around the same low price, both places equally "original" charm so expecting a period of renovation.

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Post by Wd40 » Thu, 16 Oct 2014 7:44 pm

Interesting! Its usually the corner units that are larger than corridor because they occupy the corridor. So I am assuming you are talking about different blocks?

Also, are you buying the unit or renting? If you are buying, is your question more about which one makes more sense "financially"? If yes, then there are lots of other things to consider.

It depends a lot on personal preferences. For example, I like breezy units but my wife hates them. She catches cold very easily so she prefers lower floor units where there is no breeze. So if we were to buy and if everything else was equal, we would probably go with the lower floor unit because, I would rather not have my wife catching cold all the time.

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Post by Addadude » Fri, 17 Oct 2014 9:18 am

Wd40 wrote:For example, I like breezy units but my wife hates them. She catches cold very easily so she prefers lower floor units where there is no breeze. So if we were to buy and if everything else was equal, we would probably go with the lower floor unit because, I would rather not have my wife catching cold all the time.
Breezes do not cause colds.
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Post by Addadude » Fri, 17 Oct 2014 9:28 am

Curious George, if you are buying - for some reason I thought you were just looking to rent - then a number of other considerations come into play. I'm assuming that you've already locked down on your preferred location.

Generally higher floor units command a higher pricing - something to consider if you want to sell it or rent it out at some time in the future. Having said that, I would be immediately attracted to the 'privacy' of corner unit and the 4th floor is high enough to downplay external noises downstairs.

If you are seriously interested in it, I would suggest checking out the immediate enviornment at different times of the day and weekends (if you have the time). Particularly late in the evening for noise levels.

My better half and I bought a 6th floor 4-room flat surrounded by other HDB blocks, yet it happens to be one of the quietest places I've ever lived in in Singapore. And for some reason it stays pretty cool too.
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Post by zzm9980 » Fri, 17 Oct 2014 9:45 am

Addadude wrote:
Wd40 wrote:For example, I like breezy units but my wife hates them. She catches cold very easily so she prefers lower floor units where there is no breeze. So if we were to buy and if everything else was equal, we would probably go with the lower floor unit because, I would rather not have my wife catching cold all the time.
Breezes do not cause colds.
Thank you. I had started to type something up but decided to close since I've been "mean" enough lately. :)

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Post by x9200 » Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:47 am

I am a bit hesitant to bring forward the subject of wet or sweaty wives but I think under some circumstances breezes may cause cold.

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Post by nakatago » Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:58 am

Addadude wrote:
Wd40 wrote:For example, I like breezy units but my wife hates them. She catches cold very easily so she prefers lower floor units where there is no breeze. So if we were to buy and if everything else was equal, we would probably go with the lower floor unit because, I would rather not have my wife catching cold all the time.
Breezes do not cause colds.
Breezes cause colds pretty much the same way Wd40 knows how it's like living in Hong Kong...indirectly.

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Post by thismyvoice » Sat, 18 Oct 2014 5:19 pm

Is there a coffee shop on the ground floor? If yes, take the higher unit.

Low floor units with food stalls below can be noisy and buggy. As in, cockroaches.

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Post by the lynx » Mon, 20 Oct 2014 1:22 pm

thismyvoice wrote:Is there a coffee shop on the ground floor? If yes, take the higher unit.

Low floor units with food stalls below can be noisy and buggy. As in, cockroaches.
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 20 Oct 2014 3:00 pm

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