When the weather heats up, the roof is a major attraction at BKLYN GOLD.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pool is a tenant favorite.
A view of the building from the outside.
Every week, BrickUnderground shares correspondent Polly Mosendz's surveys of those who live in New York's most amenity-laden buildings to find out which extras are actually useful and which ones barely get a try.
Building: BKLYN GOLD, 277 Gold Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Robert gave up his apartment in Yorkville (above) while he and his wife were expecting their second child
For almost two years, Robert rented a two-bedroom apartment at East 72nd Street and York Avenue. He and his wife, Rachel, loved the light, the access to a rooftop pool at a sister building and the great doormen. Its 32nd-floor perch afforded views of all the bridges on the East River and Roosevelt Island too.
In the warmer months, “the mornings were truly amazing with the sun beating down and our family of three sharing breakfast on the terrace,” Rachel says, referring to their then two-year-old daughter.
The home at 101 Douglass Street in Boerum Hill is priced at $2.5 million, a whopping 178% more than its sale price in August
In a rising real estate market, it can be hard to tell the difference between a fair asking price and dream-on numbers. BrickUnderground periodically examines homes on the market for significantly more than their most recent sales price and, with the help of experts and the number crunchers at real estate listings and property data website Point2 Homes, we try to figure out why--or why not--the asking price is worth it.
QuickTip: Considering selling your place but not sure how much you'd get for it? In just a few minutes, you can get a solid estimate using the Comparables tool on real estate website PropertyShark. Click the Comparables tab on the homepage, or type the address and unit number into PropertyShark to bring up a detailed property report ($9.95 each, or $39.95/month for 150 reports a month) and then click on the Find Comparables tab.
Like most things in life, practice makes perfect when renting an apartment in this town. We hit up experts--that is, New Yorkers who've signed multiple leases--to get their best insider info for the search.
"See as many apartments as you can, even if they are slightly above your price range. We were able to get the rent down by $350--from $3,600 to $3,250--in the summer. Our place is in a small building--26 units--and while we were in the process of looking, a different apartment opened up in the same building. It made more sense for them to take our offer, even though it was lower, so they didn't have two apartments vacant at the same time." - Alissa, Upper West Side
Q. I have to make six copies of a board package. I want to impress! Are three-hole binders okay? Plastic sleeves? Binder clips? Stapled? Should I include tabs for sections? Any other advice for making a great impression? Or what to avoid?
A. The co-op board package is a crucial component of getting the apartment you want, so it’s important to make sure your package is professional-looking, well-organized and easy to read, our experts say.
A handy online calculator lets rent-stabilized tenants figure out how far a buyout will go
For rent-stabilized tenants, a buyout offer from your landlord is like hitting the jackpot in the great casino of the New York City renting world. But how far will that chunk of change actually take you? The Shalom Tenants Alliance, a tenants' rights group, has put together a handy buyout calculator, which the New York Times spotted this weekend, that lets you calculate how many months of buying or owning you'd be able to afford with your landlord's offer.
Type in the relevant numbers--the offer, your income, your new rent, and so on--and presto, you'll get a breakdown of what you'd be left with after taxes, moving costs, broker's fees and a higher rent.
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