Earlier this month, we took a look at a Boerum Hill townhouse in need of a major overhaul as part of our Flip or Flop? series. The gutsy owner had put it on the market for $2.9 million, about six months after buying it for $900,000--a 322 percent markup. Last time we checked in, the price had already been cut twice.
Well, it seems no one has bitten yet. Today, the owner discounted the home again, lopping $300,000 off the price tag. So, at $2.2 million, have we got ourselves a steal?
Afraid living in the city means sacrificing idyllic suburban vistas for glimpses of airshafts and other buildings? Thomas Kim of Miron Properties suggests the best neighborhoods for water views in this week’s Buy Curious.
THE WISH LIST:
My wife and I are moving to the city, and she’s dead set on views of the water, but happy to be on the Upper East or Upper West Sides. How much extra will we pay for this privilege? Our budget is $1 million for two bedrooms, though I’d love to come in a little lower. Is it doable? Where should we look?
Cindy Gallop describes herself on Twitter as follows: “I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.” If that isn’t enough to get your attention, the former advertising executive turned consultant and start-up entrepreneur is the brains behind the real-world sex site makelovenotporn.tv, along with IfWeRantheWorld.com, a web platform for people and businesses to turn good intentions into action. Her home is an art-filled two-bedroom loft in Chelsea, which she famously painted black and decorated with eye-popping finds from across the globe.
Renovating your kitchen? Planning in advance will save a world of pain
Q: I'm giving my kitchen a complete makeover, and I want to live in the apartment while the work's being done. What can I do to keep my life as stress-free as possible?
A. Close your eyes. Imagine waking up, getting out of bed, and heading into the kitchen for a cup of coffee. Now imagine that your path is blocked by a giant sheet of plastic covering the entrance to your kitchen, and the room behind the plastic is in a state of total chaos.
This week, our Take It or Leave It renters review a two-bedroom, two-bathroom Dumbo loft housed in a onetime shoe factory. The apartment—whose rent was recently shaved by $250 to $4,600 a month—offers a chef-friendly kitchen with stainless steel appliances and Caesarstone countertops, bathrooms with Venetian soaking tubs and in-unit laundry. Amenities in the condo building include a part-time doorman, a fitness center, a common roof deck, a cold storage room and a garage.
Do our panelists—including RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter—think it’s simply too charming to pass up, or will their skepticism about the recent rent reduction get in the way?
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