Where buildings in North America meet grade, we tend to throw away its value. How’s that?
Every time you open a building at grade to the outside, every time, you add both functionality and value. It’s easier to access apartments, condos, retirement residence suites/rooms, stores, offices co-working spaces, makerspaces, you name it and it makes those places more valuable not only to
users, tenants, guests and visitors but also to the community as a whole.
[open this wall up to the outside world with a door, please sir]
It’s more useful to street-life too since more eyes on the roadway from more ingress/egress means safer and more interesting neighborhoods.
[suburban Toronto apartment building making poor use of vertical rent gradient]
Here’s a downtown Toronto building that does better with its use of grade level access:
[units at grade with outside access make the street safer, provide more functionality for each apartment/condo, and increase value for developer, sitting owners, investors, visitors, guests, kids, tenants, occupants]
Bruce M Firestone, B Eng (civil), M Eng-Sci, PhD
Real Estate Investment and Business coach
ROYAL LePAGE Performance Realty broker
Ottawa Senators founder
MAKING IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE
FREEDOM VIA REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS AND PB4Ls