Edelweiss @ Tropicana Gardens. Image from: Tropicana Corporation

High-rises are taking over and slowly becoming the preferred type of property in places like Mont Kiara, Bukit Damansara, Penang, and Johor. This is especially true for city dwellers who seek the convenience and accessibility that high-rises offer when land space is becoming increasingly limited in the cities.

Choosing the right floor to live on in a high-rise building can greatly affect a resident’s lifestyle. Some prefer higher floors for the city skyline view, while others prefer ground-level conveniences. Read on to discover Malaysians’ floor preferences, whether they lean towards higher, middle, or lower levels.

Curvo Residences. Image from: SkyWorld

1. Higher Floors (38.82% Votes)

The higher floor is voted by our users as the most popular option. Most of our users said they prefer staying on a higher floor where they can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding area. From up high, one can see the city skyline, the sea, or the surrounding landscape. Additionally, living on a higher floor can provide more privacy, as you are less likely to have a passersby or neighbours from nearby buildings peering into your home.

Some users also mentioned that living on a higher floor gives you cleaner air and less exposure to dust and mosquitos. This is because higher floors are often further away from ground-level pollutants such as car exhaust, industrial emissions, and dust kicked up by traffic.

Suggested skyscraper properties (40 floors and above):

PSV1 Residences @ Platinum South Valley, Kuala Lumpur

Curvo Residences @ Setapak, Kuala Lumpur

Edelweiss @ Tropicana Gardens, Petaling Jaya

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Highpark Suites. Image from: Gamuda Land

2. Any Floor Level is Fine (23.53% Votes)

The second most popular vote shows that for many of our users, the floor levels simply don't matter to them. There are some compelling reasons for this. First and foremost, the floor level of a high-rise unit does not necessarily determine its overall quality or comfort. There are many other factors, such as square footage, layout, and amenities, that can have a much greater impact on one's living experience.

Ultimately, whether or not floor level is a priority comes down to individual preferences and needs. For some, it may be a dealbreaker, while for others, it's just one factor among many to consider when making a decision about where to live.

Suggested high-rise properties:

M Nova, Kuala Lumpur

Highpark Suites, Petaling Jaya

TwinPines Serviced Suites @ Tropicana Windcity

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Eden by The Parque Residences @ Eco Sanctuary. Image from: EcoWorld

3. Middle Floors (18.82% Votes)

Middle floors offer several advantages that appeal to a number of our users. For one, users have said that it is less expensive than a high floor, providing more value. It is also a decent option for those who are not a fan of heights. Living in a middle floor unit, you'll have the best of both worlds: You can still look out the window and get fresh air, while being close to the ground if you don't like the height.

Middle floors are also more easily accessible than higher floors, which can save you time and effort if you need to use the stairs in the event of a power outage or emergency. They are also generally less noisy and offer more privacy than lower floors, making them an ideal choice for many.

Suggested high-rise properties:

J Homes @ Jade Hills, Kajang

Eden by The Parque Residences @ Eco Sanctuary

Platinum Casa Danau, Kuala Lumpur

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D’Suites Residence. Image from: Gamuda Land

4. Lower or Ground Floors (18.82% Votes)

Earning the same number of votes as middle floors, some users who voted lower or ground floors recognise the benefit that comes with them. Many users who voted this said that they enjoy the convenience of living on lower floors because of the easy access to the exit, emergency staircases, and the car park. In addition, you would usually be closer to facilities such as the pool, gym, and your mailbox. Some ground floor units also provide garden space, offering you a chance to enjoy a landed-living experience.

In an emergency, living on a lower floor is considered safer as it is quicker and easier to evacuate. Lower floors are also easier to access when carrying groceries, furniture, or other heavy items. This can be a significant advantage for people with mobility issues. This added convenience and sense of security is highly valued by many users who have chosen to live on lower floors.

Suggested high-rise properties:

The Mate, Petaling Jaya

D’Suites Residence, Johor

Aurora, Subang Jaya

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There are many factors to consider when choosing which floor to live on in a high-rise building. Each level has its advantages, and it's up to you to weigh the pros and cons to find the one that suits your lifestyle the best.

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(Written by Michelle Yoon, 28th March 2023)