BY On Aug 03, 2018 Apartments
By the mid-19th century, large numbers of inexpensive apartment houses were under construction to house swelling numbers of industrial labourers in cities and towns across Europe and in the United States. These buildings were often incredibly shabby, poorly designed, unsanitary, and cramped. The typical New York City apartment, or tenement, a type first constructed in the 1830s, consisted of apartments popularly known as railroad flats because the narrow rooms were arranged end-to-end in a row like boxcars. Indeed, few low-cost apartment buildings erected in Europe or America before 1918 were designed for either comfort or style. In many European cities, however, particularly in Paris and Vienna, the second half of the 19th century witnessed great progress in the design of apartments for the upper-middle class and the rich.
The modern large apartment building emerged in the early 20th century with the incorporation of elevators, central heating, and other conveniences that could be shared in common by a building’s tenants. Apartments for the well-to-do began to offer other amenities such as leisure facilities, delivery and laundry services, and communal dining rooms and gardens. The multistory apartment house continued to grow in importance as crowding and rising land values in cities made one-family homes less and less practicable in parts of many cities. Much government-subsidized, or public, housing has taken the form of apartment buildings, particularly for the urban elderly and working classes or those living in poverty. Apartment-block towers also were erected in large numbers in the Soviet Union and other countries where housing construction was the responsibility of the state.
So far we have discussed money savings from rent, lack of need to maintain the property and, well, that’s it. The lack of need to maintain property is not only a financial windfall but also a stress reliever. Homeownership comes with a lot of headaches and issues and deciding to rent will help you avoid these types of setbacks. Instead of using the “rainy day” fund to fix the boiler, it can be used for a much-needed vacation to a tropical island.
Apartment house, also called apartment block, or block of flats, building containing more than one dwelling unit, most of which are designed for domestic use, but sometimes including shops and other nonresidential features.
Apartment proportions are, simply put, convenient. A newly graduated college student is generally looking for a place to call home; a living room, bedroom, bathroom and maybe a kitchen for show. This space does not have to be large and lavish, it just needs to feel safe and quaint (even for the guys). This same basic need is apparent in most people, college kids, single women, bachelors and even friends who chose to live as roommates. Other great benefits of apartment living are the social implications of the close proximity and connections one develops during their residency. Although a sense of community exists in both rural and suburban areas, the close proximity of apartment life enhances the probability of creating life long connections.
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