Welcome back to The Brokerbabble Glossary, where we take a word or a turn of phrase that seems to show up in an unreasonable number of listings and decipher its true meaning. If you have any ideas for us, send them to the tipline. Today's word, courtesy of reader John: Perched.
New York, if you didn't already know, has a lot of very tall buildings. "Perched," a word that is usually used when talking about birds, can occasionally be applied to a very high-floor apartment—apartments don't really perch, but the word does sort of conjure an image of a lofty vantage point from which one can look out over the rest of the city, so it kind of works in some cases. The third floor of 184 Thompson Street is not one of those cases. "Barely taller than a medium-sized tree" would probably be more appropriate.
Gardens tend to be very close to the ground, so it's easier to perch above them than it is to perch above trees. Not if you're on the second floor, though. As a general rule, if there are nine floors on top of your floor, you're not really "perched."
This is a house. It's perched on the ground.