I lived in a 3rd floor apartment for two years (2018-2019), in between owning houses in Texas and New York. The worst part about the apartment was carrying a C11 Edge imaging train, a mount, three heavy batteries, and boxes of gear up and down three flights of stairs so I could drive to a decent dark site somewhere else. Bringing over 250 lbs.of gear back up the stairs the next morning was such a delight. I never once used my gear at the apartments, because my druggie neighbors would have been a little too curious.
Once I moved into my current house, which is out in the country in a decent Bortle 5/4 location, I logged 25 hours of integration time (just in June!). I think that exceeds my total integration time for 2018-2019 combined. If I get home from work at 8:00 PM, dead tired after a 12 hr. work day, but the sky is clear... I set up the gear on the patio. Zero chance I'd go to a dark site on a night like that. It adds up after a while.
So yes, find a way to buy a house, and make dark skies and lack of tall trees top priorities! If astrophotography is a major part of your "quality of life," it should be a major part of your housing decision. The best part of it is that you will be forced to pay less for the house because it's out in the country and away from trendy housing developments!