How Important is the View?

I’ve been looking for a new apartment for a couple of months now. The one I live in is great, but I’m outgrowing it. It came furnished, and I’m ready to buy my own stuff.

I’m ready to replace the horrid orange couch, worn and stained by too many dog licks.

I want to feel like a more permanent resident of the city and not just a temporary vistor.

Luna and Batman couch

Luna and Batman on the couch

In my current building, I’m not technically allowed to own a pit bull, and my puppy’s 60-pound body is becoming more noticeable every day.

The search for a new place has been taking forever because of several factors. First of all, it’s very difficult to get a realtor to call you back here. Then there are those who really don’t want to deal with a foreigner.

I’m also looking for a place close to where I live now. I like my neighborhood and don’t really want to leave it.

The apartments I’ve seen thus far all have one fatal flaw in common – there is no view.

Yesterday, I went to look at a new apartment building I’ve been lusting after since it started going up. I walked in and immediately felt that this is my dream apartment. The floor-to-ceiling windows. The dark wood, the ultra modern furnishings, the common areas. It’s all perfect.

Except for that one fatal flaw. The one-bedroom apartment available is on the 5th floor. I have a view of nothing except the building directly in front of it, it’s tinted windows obscuring anyone who might be staring back at me from the other side.

Some people who live here don’t really care about the view. They’re happy to be living in a nice apartment in a nice neighborhood close to everything.

my office

my current office

But for me… it’s just not enough.

The views of this city inspire me. They make me want to achieve something big. They remind me where I am.

I admire these majestic mountains every day. I don’t want to sacrifice one of my favorite parts of the city for a good deal.

What about you? Would you care about having an apartment with a view?

  • Laura
    February 27, 2013

    Hey! i recently stumbled upon your blog, I was born in barranquilla colombia but i’ve lived in Toronto canada most of my life, I love seeing people fall in love with my country, Colombia is a wonderful place and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your stay and hope the people are welcoming and treat you well :)

  • Eric D White
    February 27, 2013

    View is DEFINITELY important but not a deal breaker for me… I’ve lived in some pretty lousy spots but have still made it work and been happy. If it means that much to you though, no way will you ever be able to settle! You’ll find the place. Good luck!

  • Dave
    February 27, 2013

    The view is essential, I wouldn’t take a room or apartment without one. Mine’s not the greatest, if I look straight out my bedroom window I’m looking at another building, but luckily we’re not in the center, so from where I sit in bed, I don’t even see that other building, just across to the southwest of the city.

    I feel bad for my friend, one of the first to buy an apartment in Ciudad del Rio back in 2009. She had an awesome view at the time, but now that they’ve put up a ton more buildings, she has no view. I keep telling her to move!

  • Andrew Scott
    February 27, 2013

    When I saw the headline for your latest blog I guessed that you would be writing about “The View.” A truly appalling US television program that doesn’t screen in Colombia but has unfortunately made its way to Australia. The opinions of those on “The View” are completely unimportant. I live in a beautiful part of Sydney but I have no view. However, if I were to live in Medellín, then I would definitely want a view of those spectacular mountains.

  • Ian McComiskie
    February 28, 2013

    My biggest problem with having a view is often it is accompanied with direct sunlight which can heats up the apartment to unbearable temperatures. I currently cant be in my apartment in the middle part of the day without lying on my bed with the fan running on turbo. Doesnt your apartment get super caliente Jasmine? What do you really think of Barbara Walters?

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    February 28, 2013

    Yeah it does get kind of hot, but there’s enough cover on my balcony to block it if that makes sense. When I had a balcony with no roof it would get seriously hot in my apartment.

    As far as Barbara Walters go, I don’t have much of an opinion. Is she your cougar crush or something?

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    February 28, 2013

    I solemnly swear that I will never write about “The View” on

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    February 28, 2013

    I know what you mean. Some people really get burned when they buy an apartment with a view just to have another one spring up a year or two later.

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    February 28, 2013

    Thanks Eric :)

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    February 28, 2013

    Thanks for stopping by Laura!

  • Ian McComiskie
    February 28, 2013

    That makes sense.
    Barbara is on “The View.” ;)

  • Trent Hand
    March 6, 2013

    Thanks for the insight Jasmine. Is there a large price difference for apartments with a view? I’m also told most people don’t use AC or heating. Would you say it’s unnessary there?

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    March 29, 2013

    Hi Trent,

    I haven’t noticed that there is a major price difference within the same building for a view vs no view, but I’m not sure about that.

    No, heating isn’t necessary and neither is AC, but some people like having a fan on the hotter days.

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