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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    Could you change the front door to open outwards?
    That's...probably not a good idea. If you put the hinges on the exterior, a burglar can remove them. Also, if it snows a bunch, you can get blocked in. It might also be against building code, depending on how the exterior landing is configured.

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    To be clear, I have decided against condo #1 (pictured at the start of the thread) because of the staircase. It is narrower than a normal staircase (not sure how that is allowed), and I can't change how the door works because of condo rules. Since it was a bit of a challenge managing the door and the immediate first step while I wasn't carrying anything I've decided not to turn myself into origami esp since I may want to get a gravel bike in the near future which will be heavier. And they are only collecting bids on Wed and looking to make a decision by the next day so the decision time is incredibly tight.

    Condo choice #2: external stairway but the risers are half the size of normal stairs so the ascent is rather gentle. Internally I'd have to negotiate two floors of stairs but they are wide, brick/hard floor, and each "floor" is broken up by a landing. I think they were designed that way to facilitate moving furniture in/out since there isn't an elevator. It would definitely be easier going up and down despite the increase in stairs (I think).

    They also offer locked cages on site for residents to store their random stuff that I will be visiting today; that may solve my problem entirely if I feel there is enough security.

    Be forewarned: if you are looking for a <=$325K townhouse or "no one is walking above me" style condo in Arlington or Alexandria within an hour's bike ride of downtown DC and yet still has bus/metro accessibility and doesn't have external stairs, good luck. I can't believe how many freakin' places are built into hillsides, have Escher like configurations, and don't seem to have any ADA measures in place. I'm so glad I don't have mobility issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    Also, if it snows a bunch, you can get blocked in.
    That's a bad thing?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    That's...probably not a good idea. If you put the hinges on the exterior, a burglar can remove them. Also, if it snows a bunch, you can get blocked in. It might also be against building code, depending on how the exterior landing is configured.
    Not every condo has a front door that opens to the outside world

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    It is narrower than a normal staircase (not sure how that is allowed)
    Section 311.7.1 of the International Residential Code (the building code in VA) says "Width. Stairways shall not be less than 36 inches (914 mm) in clear width at all points above the permitted handrail height and below the required headroom height. Handrails shall not project more than 4.5 inches (114 mm) on either side of the stairway and the minimum clear width of the stairway at and below the handrail height, including treads and landings, shall not be less than 31 1/2 inches (787 mm) where a handrail is installed on one side and 27 inches (698 mm) where handrails are provided on both sides."

    From the photo, it looked like it might seem confining because it might have been right at compliance. Narrow, long spaces look narrower.

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    [QUOTE=KLizotte;161892]
    Condo choice #2: external stairway but the risers are half the size of normal stairs so the ascent is rather gentle. Internally I'd have to negotiate two floors of stairs but they are wide, brick/hard floor, and each "floor" is broken up by a landing. I think they were designed that way to facilitate moving furniture in/out since there isn't an elevator. It would definitely be easier going up and down despite the increase in stairs (I think).
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    For six years I pushed my bike up two flights of stairs with the panniers on at my office (the elevator was stupidly slow). It was an early 2000s Trek hybrid (not light) and bumping it up and down the stairs wasn't all that difficult (what was worse was when people tried to "help" by lifting the back of the bike by the light! Eventually that snapped off). Trying to actually carry it that distance would have been rough. The stairwells were a decent width and there was a landing in between each floor, although carpeted, but with industrial carpet. Sounds like your inside stairs will be at least that easy.

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    I just realized people not be pleased hearing my cleats on the steps outside their doors. Will have to check that too.

    I would have a large balcony. I'm thinking a hoist would be far easier. Battery or electric powered - easy peasy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    I just realized people not be pleased hearing my cleats on the steps outside their doors. Will have to check that too.
    Unless you're stomping and down the hallway/stairs at all hours of the night, this should be at the bottom of your concern list. Living in shared housing means you hear people outside your door sometimes Just walk gently and it wont be an issue.

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    There are hinges that do not extrude on either side of the door, so-called "hidden" or "invisible" hinges.

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    I am glad that you decided to wait. I think the prices are as high as they can be. Plus, what if you need a fitness equipment in the future?

    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    I just realized people not be pleased hearing my cleats on the steps outside their doors. Will have to check that too.
    I have used these SPD Cleat Covers and they lasted few hours of total use while shopping, maybe it's enough for you or perhaps there is a better one.

    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    I'm thinking a hoist would be far easier. Battery or electric powered - easy peasy!
    I thought you could use a winch pulling a wooden board with bike stand attached to it, and perhaps a box for groceries. Here is a YouTube video showing someone who made something for lifting groceries, but it's too small for a bike. I am not sure how loud a winch would be. From my experience, the larger the motor, the quieter it is.

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