Perspective that you want is more important a factor. Eye level is not a mission critical guide. If you need to shoot high, then only a tall one and a stool can do it. No right and wrong. Usually one tripod cannot solve all shooting situations. If money and space is no object, then
a. Get a light one for travelling/ and use with care. (Gitzo 1227 etc)
b. Get a tallish heavy one for windy nature. (Gitzo has many models too/studex etc)
c. Get a cheaper, heavier tall 'light' for general purpose/ bang around/dump in the car. (Manfrotto 055 etc or maybe 190)
Not everyone will agree with me. Do hit my views hard if you disagree. Love to hear how others does it and maybe better ideas can surface.
Whatever you do, do not buy those cheapo ones that are meant for point and shoot cams and try it on heavy cam and lens. Sure regret - when the lens crack.
One more thing, when measuring the height required - for those short lenses w/o tripod collars and in portrait position on the ballhead, you will realise that you need a tall tripod if you were to avoid bending down and strain your back.
There are many factors to consider in choosing a tripod (weight of tripod, rated weight, stability, centre column, hook, ability to shoot at ground level, no. of sections, etc) all has its pro and cons.
If height is your only concern, than the factors related to height are:
1. your height
2. type of terrain (eg. slope, uneven)
If possible, get a tripod that is taller than you. This will allow you to mount it on slopes with one leg extended more than the others. A taller tripod also allow you to NOT extend the legs fully. Some people say this will increase the stability of the tripod.
A Gitzo 1227 as suggested by tOGGY is a great way to start.
I agree with tOGGY. No one tripod will suite all shooting conditions, and budget conditions as well. But rule of the thumb, is to get a tripod that when is fully extended is about one head taller( for uneven terrain) and the functions are easy to use. No point wasting time to get in position and let your subject wait, or run away.
Also hor, when calculating height of tripod remember not to include center column. I do not know about the rest, but I never use the center column. IMO extending the CT will lower the stability. Just my 2 cents worth.