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Best House Facing Direction: Here is how you should choose which is the best condo stack

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Druce is the Chief Editor at the Stacked Editorial. He was first interested in property since university but never had any aspiration to become an agent, so this is probably the next best thing.

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genevieve
genevieve
4 years ago

great info! south east direction is really the best. a home always need some sunlight so it won’t have that musky smell.

Berh Tor
Berh Tor
3 years ago
Reply to  genevieve

Free one is better than the best.

Trish
Trish
3 years ago

I want to buy an apartment that is only north facing with all windows facing north. Will it be stuffy since there is no south ‘exit’ for wind flow. Will it have good ventilation all year?

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3 years ago
Reply to  Trish

Hey Trish! It’s important that a wind channel is created. This is cross-ventilation at play. If all your windows only faces one side, when the wind comes in, the air pressure in the home would increase and this prevents further air from coming in due to the resistance. The air pressure needs to be relieved, so this built-up air has to go somewhere. Even if the wind is strong, but there’s no channel for it to flow through, the air circulation is severely limited. But if you had another opening on the other side, then the wind can pass through and you will feel the breeze. That is why when viewing, sometimes home owners or agents would leave the main door open and the windows open to demonstrate how strong the airflow is. It’s also why many leave their entrance door open despite the lack of privacy – you allow the wind to pass through.

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Nick
Nick
2 years ago

From the article, seems like east-west units are not the best pick. However, in the illustration we see that the bedroom/living room windows are facing the east while the kitchen is facing the west. Would the unit still get the afternoon sun in this case or will it only affect the kitchen and service yard?

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Nick

It still does affect even if the afternoon sun comes in through the service yard/kitchen, however, it’s not as bad as if it’s goes into the bedroom or living room where you spend most of the time. Generally when we say north-south facing is the best, we mean the main living quarters that face these directions

Shirley
Shirley
2 years ago

Great info and illustration. For the South-West facing and North East facing units (living room and BR all facing same), would the later one be better as the morning sun would always be milder and shorter than the afternoon sun?

caseyaff
caseyaff
1 year ago
Reply to  Shirley

Definitely NE facing is better. But sometimes other factors like personal fengshui come into play. SW certainly isn’t the worst either – during the “winter” months of Oct to Jan, you get slanted afternoon sun, which mitigates against the cold monsoon season rains. I believe it’s also windier during the “summer ” months April to July.

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