Sept. 8, 2016
A FASCINATING TOPIC ~ especially to a realtor or anyone involved in Construction
The above picture is from Omni Parc Condos in Nanuet, NY
I've been doing some reading on this: The following "answers" are excerpted from: www.english.stackexchange.com.
Here's what I've learned so far. At the time when the usage came to be circa 1400 or 1500's, the general population was illiterate. Some religious began to draw biblical stories on the side of their homes. Many of them had structures with more than 2 floors, creating more than a single 'story'. When asked where they lived, they said the building with the stories. His room was on the second or third 'story'. I found that explanation easier to comprehend than the others. A picture is worth more than a thousand words, as it were.
THEN THERE IS THIS: A story of eight windows," from medieval Latin history books. Historia in Roman times meant history or story, and by the Middle Ages had acquired the meaning of "picture." So the charming notion arose that medieval folk were in the habit of installing rows of windows in their buildings called "stories" that were decorated with paintings or sculpture. The theory is that these stories, which for all anybody knows may actually have told a story, eventually came to signify a level of a building.
So ... Here is my final comment on the matter ... I'm not sure anyone really truly knows. If YOU do, please comment. But ... suffice it to say, that here in Rockland County New York, it is very difficult to find condos, townhomes or co-ops on "one-story". In other words NO STAIRS. Stairs, as we get older can be killer and there are not a few baby boomers out there who lament the fact that they even have to climb a handful of stairs, let alone a unit on the 2nd level.
Are you looking for a condo or townhouse in Rockland County on one level? Or at the very least with just a few stairs? Please reach out to me. I can help.
All my best for all the rest.
Angela Fish Chan
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