Asked on 31 Oct 2019
Let’s say based on standard 12-15 floors HDB.
Which would be ideal for (based on my priority ranking):
Low noise level/privacy
Bright natural light
Any other factors to consider?
Also, understand that neighbours make a difference to the noise and cleanliness of common spaces.
Since I don’t know what’s the surrounding of the block is, I would say go above 8 to 14th floor, assuming it’s a 15 floors block.
If the majority of your windows are facing:
2) Badminton Court
3) MRT track or station
4) Main roads or expressways
Whichever floor you’re staying at, you will get affected. Higher floors will have slightly lesser noise.
As for dust, again, it depends on the surroundings, if you’re facing main roads and expressways, more dust. You can consider installing those magnetic insect nets on your windows to reduce dust, however, it will restrict wind flowing into your place.
Most of your concerns are addressed based more of the surroundings than the floors itself. Except for privacy, anything above 5 I think it’s good you can’t really see in from ground level. Again, depends if there any elevated areas around your surroundings.
Seems like you’re buying a new house soon.
Just some tips for you:
1) Don’t take the top floor, if the block gets a lot of the sun, the ceiling will trap the heat. Think greenhouse.
2) Try to choose the sun don’t set facing your bedroom walls. Evening sun heats up your bedroom, hotter, aircon works harder to cool down the room. If possible get a unit that has more natural wind coming in.
3) Experience the surroundings on your own. Go visit the unit or the area at peak periods to see where is the noise coming from.
Frankly, if you're able to, take the time to visit the different apartments at different times of the day and night to compare.
I say this because generalisations don't always work. Apartments facing busy roads, expressways or mrt tracks may be noisier on the upper floors as opposed to the ground floor. Nowadays, some HDB areas have pavilions for social gatherings, but these pavilions cause loud echos when people use them. Etc etc.
Best thing to do is to make the time to visit and take a look for yourself.
Low floor: noisy from void deck, carpark and roads. Also, anything drop from above floors sure hit, like dripping wet clothes, cigarettes, rubbish.
Middle floor similar to low floor depending on which middle.
High floor: Good scenery, windy, good to feel natural wind. 1 bad thing is if lift breakdown, good luck to climbing stairs.