I live in a terraced house sharing with 3 others, bedroom above mine and living room below and with no garden. Not quite apartment living, but not a million miles away.
Things I hated about apartment living might not bother you at all. These are individual to my experiences of them and may not apply to you
- Not being able to park my car outside the front door. Especially nice when you've been shopping and have to make multiple trips to the car and back up the lift again.
- Having to use stairs and lifts to get to the apartment
- Lack of storage space. I agree with the person above me. Go for a two bedroom one if you can.
- The kitchen and living area being the one room
- No garden. It's nice to have a bit of a green area to sit out in on an evening like this one, to have a clothes-line or for visitors' kids to run around in
- Looking out the window at a wall of other people's apartments and/or lack of good natural light
- Changing tenants in adjoining apartments. Be very careful about this. Find out does the council rent some of these
- Management fees. Ouch.
- Restrictions laid down by the management company. You might not be able to choose broadband or TV providers or stick up a satellite dish.
- Some of them can be quite noisy, especially ones that have courtyards or layouts that bounce the noise around
Having said all that, I understand where you're coming from. I read your other thread about buying a house in rougher areas. If I was faced with that choice I'd go for an apartment in as good an area as I could. Many of us have to make some sort of compromise when we buy and it's a case of weighing up what you're gaining against what you're losing.
I've seen boardsies who'd never even think about buying a house because they feel (rightly or wrongly) that they're safer in an apartment. They're generally cheaper to heat too and of course there's not much maintenance required. And you're less likely to have Jehovah's Witnesses or salespeople knocking on your door