How Much Is an Elevator Worth?

I visited a really beautiful condo on 13th Street. It has an incredible view of the city, a very nice layout, big windows, an upstairs study and roof deck. Sounds pretty sweet, yeah? So what’s the catch? It was on the fourth floor and the building has no elevator. So if you don’t have kids no big deal yeah? There are many of these building in NYC that don’t have elevators. But I ask you: For over $400k in DC shouldn’t an elevator be included?

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  • Geez…that is a great question. Quality of Life, for sure.

  • the answer, PoP, is YES. Let NYC keep their “fifth floor walkup” apartments.

    Another point to consider is that any movign company is rightly going to charge one a fortune to move furniture up four stories–possibly 8 flights of stairs.

  • Another thing to consider is getting up and down those stairs if you injure your foot, ankle, leg or back. When I broke my foot and was on crutches, I had to navigate 2 flights of stairs, and that was enough of a nightmare. After that experience, I’d never live in a building with that many stairs.

  • having a walk up will prevent you from doing goofy things that injure your feet! as such, walk ups should be MORE expensive than building with elevators.

    so there! :o)

  • My last lodgings were on the fourth floor with stairs, and I considered it a selling point. Much lower condo fee, better physical fitness for me and my lofty neighbors. Baby boomers need to get over the idea that exercise is inherently an evil, not tolerable in civilization.

  • nothing like a gross generalization to end the week…way to go, lisa

  • No elevator is much better for the environment, so I’m for it based on that alone. But the bonus is that the much lower condo fee would make a huge difference every month.

  • Sunshine and Lisa, what about the handicapped? Are we to suppose they just don’t deserve to live in this building?

  • pauper, that’s a good point…i’m sorry I didn’t think about that…but then it makes for a good philosophical question, should all private construction be wheelchair accessible (with the result being that people who value the enviroment or want to save money on condo fees having to pay inflated prices to accomodate that? of course there are other side effects too.)…i know that sounds heartless but I really don’t know where the balance should lie. I imagine that DC row-houses all-around aren’t generally wheelchair accessible with all the front steps leading up to the front door anyway. Are there grants that would allow ramp-access conversion?

  • Just FYI, when I broke my foot, i was running, and when I broke my collarbone, I was cycling, so I do get a ton of exercise. But being on crutches and facing 4 stories worth of stairs (8 flights, right) every day can be very very bad news. If you have an elevator, you can STILL take the stairs for fitness. And what if your elderly parents come to visit? How would someone in a wheelchair get in? It’s always good to have options aside from stair climbing.

  • Mr. T: You could use a (well-aimed) catapult to get up, a bungie to get down.

    Problem solved.

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