What does high-rise mean?

The term high-rise is typically used to describe a residential or a commercial building that is at least 75 feet tall. You might also hear these towers referred to as sky-rises or skyscrapers and when you look at a city skyline these are the towers that really stand out.

Many times these high-rise buildings can even define a city like the Hancock Tower in Chicago, the Empire State building in New York or the Transamerica Pyramid tower in San Francisco.



What is a high-rise condominium?

High-rise condominiums are individually owned units within a large building. These condos can be residential or they can be commercial lofts. Hotels will sometimes even sell individual units as condominiums.

Anyone who owns a high-rise condominium owns the full title to their unit within the building but then they also own an undivided interest in the shared parts of that property like the common areas, the parking garage and the grounds around the building.

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How many floors is a high-rise condo?

The number of floors that they constitute as a high-rise is really based on where you are located. So for instance a 10 story building in St. Louis or Orlando might offer great views and they'll refer to it locally as a high-rise but in downtown Chicago that 10 story building would be lost in a sea of taller buildings.

In big cities like Chicago and New York when somebody talks about a high rise they're probably referring to a building that's at least 20 to 25 stories or more and one that's tall enough to get over the buildings around it.

In most cities and here on highrises.com we generally refer to a condo building as a high-rise if it's eight or more stories tall.

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