High Rise or Low Rise: A Guide to Common Condo Styles

Should you live in a high-rise or low-rise condo? Learn about the differences between them, the advantages of each, and where Nashville's best condo complexes are.

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High Rise or Low Rise: A Guide to Common Condo Styles

Posted by Gary Ashton on Friday, November 5th, 2021 at 1:26pm.

The Differences Between High-Rise and Low-Rise Condos

If you love convenience and access to local hot spots, exploring the Nashville condos for sale might lead you to your perfect home. A condo is a privately owned unit within a larger multi-unit community. A few advantages to living in a condo include low-maintenance living and awesome on-site amenities. Before moving into a condo, it's important to understand the difference between the Nashville high-rise condos for sale and low-rise condos. Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of each style of condo and decide which one is right for you.

What Defines High-Rise vs. Low-Rise Condos?

Condos come in several formats, the most popular of which are high-rise and low-rise. The "rise" of a condo refers to the number of stories or floors in a building.

The actual definitions of low, mid, and high-rise condos rely on the height of the building rather than the number of floors, so you will see some discrepancies on how these are defined in each state. In Nashville, they are defined by the criteria below:

  • Low-rise buildings have four floors or less
  • High-rise buildings have 13 floors or more

Beyond the number of floors, considering the way homeowners travel between floors can also help differentiate a high-rise from a low rise. Low-rise buildings typically rely on stairs, whereas a high-rise requires elevators to travel between floors.

The Benefits of High-Rise Condos

There are many benefits to living in a high-rise. Here are some to consider.Advantages of Living in a High-Rise Condo in Nashville

Awesome Central Locations

Generally situated at the center of a city, you never have to go far to get where you need to be. Many things may be walkable or accessible by bike, and convenient access to Nashville public transit can help you get to anything farther out. These properties tend to have great walkability and are close to stores, dining, entertainment, and more.

Views for Days

Living on a higher floor means enjoying gorgeous views. Condo developers know this, so they often incorporate large windows throughout the property to allow residents to take it all in. Being able to people watch and take in sunsets daily is a great mood and productivity booster. Buyers can find numerous high-rise communities with Nashville skyline views.

Luxurious Amenities

In addition to having a beautiful place to call home, many high-rise complexes also have a variety of amenities to take advantage of. This can include but is not limited to a parking garage, doorman, gym, pool, on-site laundry, a social clubhouse space, and other shared recreational areas. If you're outgoing, you may love a condo building with amenities that favor socialization. High-rise condos can also include top-tier private amenities. For example, there are several Nashville high-rises with rooftop pools.

Accessible Entertainment

For those who love a good meal out, retail adventure, or trips to the local watering hole, a high-rise is an excellent choice as it will put you right in the center of the local action. By choosing a high-rise in a premium location, residents can take full advantage of Nashville's famous bustling music scene.

More Floorplan Variety

A high-rise will usually have more variety in floor plans, views, and finishes. If you don't love the first unit you check out, ask to tour other vacant units until you find one that's a good fit for your wishlist.

Enhanced Hosting Experiences

Living in a great spot often equates to lots of visitors. It can be wise to plan for an extra bedroom or easily transformable sleeping space to make sure it's easy to accommodate out-of-town guests.

All in all, a high-rise can be a great investment for anyone looking for day-to-day convenience and for the opportunity to take advantage of all Nashville has to offer.

The Benefits of Low-Rise Condos

If living hundreds of feet in the air doesn't appeal to you, a low-rise condo might be a better option for you. There are still many options in and around downtown that provide excellent basecamps in Nashville. Here are some other benefits of living in a Nashville low-rise condo.

Character Galore

In a smaller complex, you're more likely to see older buildings full of condos that have undergone renovation throughout the years. There are hundreds of complexes, each with its unique design flare. This gives home shoppers access to an eclectic collection of potential homes to choose from.

More Affordable Options

Smaller condo buildings generally have fewer amenities. However, if you don't assign colossal value to a community room or on-site theater, a low-rise may be a better fit for your preferences and budget.

Easier to Get In and Out

It can be frustrating to wait for the elevator to stop on ten floors before it gets to yours or to encounter a traffic jam in the parking garage when you're running late. Choosing a low-rise condo will help you avoid these common pitfalls.

The Best of Both Worlds

For many, a low-rise unit brings balance. Living in a high-rise can be overstimulating but moving to the suburbs takes you too far away from the action. The tone is a little tamer in a low-rise, but the best of Nashville is still right outside your front door.

There are benefits to both high-rise and low-rise condos. The best fit for you will depend on your wants, needs, and budget. Here's a peek at some of the complexes that have current vacancies.

Thinking about purchasing a high-rise condo in the heart of Nashville? Check out Nashville high-rise condos for sale.

Popular Nashville Condo Complexes

Lofts are a trendy style in Nashville, and the real estate listings for the area reflect this.

Church Street Lofts

3rd Avenue is home to the Church Street Lofts. Located inside the Cheatham Building, the three-story property listed on the National Register of Historic Places contains seventeen one- and two-bedroom units with a stunning traditional loft design. Desirable features include exposed original brick, floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings, wood floors, private balconies, and modern kitchens. The building has a transitional design mixed with a bit of industrial flair. Still, most of the exterior, which features stunning ornate architectural qualities, has never been altered from its original state.

The Phoenix Lofts

A bit further down 3rd Avenue in historic Printers Alley, Phoenix Lofts are the pinnacle of urban living. In an upscale building, residents have easy walking access to dozens of nearby stores, pubs, restaurants, and arts, and entertainment facilities. They're also able to enjoy views of the Titans' stadium and the Cumberland River.

The Ambrose Lofts

Also in Printer's Alley, the Marshall & Brice Printing Company building, constructed in 1905, now houses Ambrose Lofts. The Ambrose Printing Company, which was the last printing company to move out of the district, acquired the building in the '40s. The building is a mixed-use complex home to two restaurants, a dental office on the first floor, and twenty-one residential units. The top two floors were converted to office space in 2006.


To contrast loft life, condos for sale in the Encore building sit 20 floors above the streets of the SoBro neighborhood, next to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Country Music Hall of Fame, Music City Convention Center, and Lower Broadway. Built in 2008, this highly desirable development is one of the most sought-after living condo developments in Nashville.

Residences at Broadwest

Encore is situated near the Residences at Broadwest, a luxury 34-story complex under construction with units starting in the mid $500s.

Low-Rise vs. High-Rise: Which Nashville Condo Is Right for You?

No matter which type of condo you choose, the Nashville real estate market's high-rise and low-rise options are abundant. With a bit of planning and patience, you're sure to find the perfect place for you.


Gary Ashton

The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage

The #1 RE/MAX team in the World!

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