The Real.Est List
- by Lucy Cohen Blatter | 6/07/13 - 2:33 PM
If you love nightlife and eating out, you might want to seriously check out this $5,000/month no-fee two-bedroom in the heart of the East Village -- on East 6th Street between Second and Third Avenues. We doubt it's that big (East Village apartments rarely are), but it's probably ideal for those who want to be near bars and restaurants galore. It's available July 5.
Pros: The apartment has two bathrooms (one with a soaking tub) and the building has a doorman, an elevator (not as common as you might think in the area), and a package room. The (small) island kitchen lends an open feeling.
Cons: There are no photos of the bedrooms, so we're guessing they're on the smaller side.
No-Fee Rental of the Week showcases an apartment that’s currently on the market and is being offered with no broker fee (otherwise known as the holy grail of New York City rentals). For tips on how to find more no-fee apartments, check out the The 8 best websites for finding a no-fee apartment in NYC and our Guerrilla Guide series.
- Transitionsby Craig Roche | 6/07/13 - 11:14 AM
Ever since I was a child growing up in Clinton Hill, I’d dreamed of living in Brooklyn Heights, specifically on Garden Place, often dubbed by brokers "the nicest block in Brooklyn." Growing up, a number of my friends lived there, and the contrast between my family’s historic, if run down, brownstone in a pre-gentrified area, and the well-renovated mansions with gaslights and pretty facades fueled an unstoppable teenaged lust for real estate.
Finally, as a result of my willingness to finance my prospective landlord’s past-due real estate taxes via prepaid rent, I was able to find a gigantic floor-through in the ugliest house in the neighborhood.
Who cared if the bathrooms still had the pink and blue tiles common in the Eisenhower administration, or the stove manufacturer went out of business before I was born? The 13-foot ceilings, multiple fireplaces, ornate details, parquet floor, and vast amounts of space were truly droolworthy.
But after a few years, the spell wore off.
- by Sara Alessi | 6/07/13 - 9:04 AM
Want a relatively move-in ready apartment with a view of everything NYC has to offer? We don’t blame you. And you’re apparently not the only one: this week’s edition of StreetEasy’s Most Wanted--the 10 sales listings StreetEasy users saved more often than any others this week--highlights three renovated apartments with views for nearly any taste.
Let's start with the $925k two-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op on Hicks Street and State Street in Brooklyn Heights features a 350-square-foot private terrace (pictured) with views of the city skyline and the harbor.
- by Mike Akerly | 6/06/13 - 2:33 PM
Q. I went to look at a lovely apartment in Greenpoint that seemed like it was underpriced for a place of its size in the neighborhood. I decided to rent it and moved in two weeks ago.
After that, a friend who visited told me that the apartment is probably not legal because the building is classified as a three family and my apartment in the basement would be the fourth unit in the building.
Is the landlord or the broker who listed the apartment be liable for renting me an illegal apartment?
A. Yes. The Department of Buildings (the “DOB”) enforces the building code and has the authority to fine those who violate it.
- by Julie Inzanti | 6/06/13 - 12:05 PM
We recently featured an amazing outdoor space, and this week we're going indoors.This stunning corner townhouse on Greenwich Street has 15-rooms, two kitchens (one has an adorable French countryside feel), multiple sitting and dining rooms, a landscaped roof and an entire north-facing wall of glass, and a $17.5 million pricetag…wow!
But it's the adjacent artist studio with separate entrance that piqued our interest. This space is perfect for professional use to keep a separation of home and work…or as a private retreat for self-work.
If you're not constructing a large-scale installation piece for your upcoming show at the MoMa perhaps you can repurpose this inspiring space as a dining library for large-scale entertaining.
- Real.Est. List Spotlight Galleryby Leah Hochbaum Rosner | 6/06/13 - 11:03 AM
Window a/c's will certainly cool you down this summer, but nothing is as quiet (or enviable, a/c-wise) as central air.
Airtronics Air Conditioning Corporation—the topic of this week’s Real. Est. List Spotlight Series—installs and maintains a variety of central a/c systems, including split systems (in which the condenser and compressor are located in a rooftop cabinet and the evaporator is in a different cabinet in the apartment) and packaged systems (in which all the aforementioned parts are placed in a single cabinet on the roof), as well as ductless mini-splits (wall or ceiling-mounted units that are perfect for heating and cooling individual rooms), in high-rises and brownstones throughout NYC.
Mike Novack, a second-generation Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (or HVAC) specialist who founded Airtronics in 1970, limits the company’s service area to the (heat) island of Manhattan in order to ensure for faster response times and a more personalized experience.
- StreetNoiseby Lucy Cohen Blatter | 6/06/13 - 8:59 AM
- Got a sensitive nose? You may want to consult this list before choosing the Brooklyn neighborhood for you... (Brooklyn Paper)
- ...and the subway map: R-train to Brooklyn to close in August for at least a YEAR; Sandy-related damage to blame (Wall Street Journal)
- 13 tips for renting in NYC, including where the deals are and why you don't need to work with multiple brokers (Refinery29, previously)
- If you're looking to rent, this nifty feature shows you the median prices across NYC neighborhoods (CurbedNY)
- Is St. George, Staten Island the next Williamsburg? One developer is trying to make that happen (DNA Info)
- Why title insurance costs so much in New York (and how to save on yours) (Malcom Carter)
- Always check out an apartment twice before making an offer (Malcolm Carter)
- by Sharon Krum | 6/05/13 - 3:12 PM
WHO: Sting reportedly once said he had five hour long tantric sex with his wife, Trudie Styler. She later admitted it was a drunken boast. Well, who doesn’t lie about sex? (And good news for their neighbors, we say.)
WHERE: The rock star, who just started his summer tour, lives with wife Trudie Styler at 15 Central Park West, recently named “the reigning superstar of Manhattan trophy residences” by the New York Times. There are currently seven apartments available for sale there now--ranging from $7.5 million for a studio (!) to $85 million for a five-bedroom, according to StreetEasy.
Your Celebrity Neighbor is a weekly heads-up on the A-listers who call your neighborhood home and (in theory) shop the same Duane Reade as you.
- by Tripp Whetsell | 6/05/13 - 12:47 PM
You just rented or bought a NYC apartment with private outdoor space? Congratulations--you are now officially the envy of 98% of New Yorkers without outdoor space to call their own.
If it's your first time owning or renting al fresco, you may have a few questions about what you can do with, on, or to your enviable space.
Herewith some FAQs--and answers--on everything from grilling rights to furniture wrongs.
Q. Can I grill on my outdoor space?
A. In New York City, grilling anything outdoors is an automatic no-no if your grill is within 10 feet of anything that could easily catch fire, including building walls, trees, wood deck surfaces and furniture.
- by Mayra David | 6/05/13 - 8:56 AM
Today marks the re-boot of NYC Renovation Chronicles, a bi-weekly column focused (obviously) on renovation, NYC style. Helmed in the past by an architect, a kitchen and bath designer, and a general contractor, the column's new steward is co-op renovator, real estate porn addict and Harlem resident Mayra David. She'll focus on what it's like to DIY or HSI (= Hire Someone Instead) in NYC.
I was very young when I was first introduced to it.
I was bored by my own books, and wanted to see what kind of adult stuff my parents kept on the top shelves. Maybe I was supposed to have asked for permission first. But after all, what could they possibly have up there that I would need permission for?
Then I saw it.
- by Teri Karush Rogers | 6/04/13 - 1:31 PM
Q. My neighbor and I are thinking of offering our apartments (we each have a one-bedroom) for sale together as a possible combination. Will we get more from them together than if we sold them apart and if so how much?
Any tips for marketing them? For instance, is it worth it to hire an architect to draw up some possible ways to combine our apartments?
A. Assuming the apartments would make a suitable combination, there's rarely been a better time to think combo as a buyer or seller, say our experts.
"Under the right circumstances, one plus one does indeed equal 2.5," says New York City real estate appraiser Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel.
- by Joe Lazauskas | 6/04/13 - 11:12 AM
Thanks to countless transportation options, Midtown is one of Manhattan's most convenient neighborhoods. It shows up three times on this week's Hot Dozen--the 12 rental apartments Streeteasy.com visitors clicked on most often over the past seven days.
A no-fee one-bedroom condo at 135 East 54th Street and Lexington Avenue is available for rent at $2,295/month. The roomy looking apartment is has sun-drenched south-facing windows (which must let in a LOT of light, judging by the thick white custom made shutters). It's located in a full-service, smoke-free postwar doorman building.
Further down in Murray Hill, you'll find a no-fee studio apartment at 314 East 41st Street and Second Avenue listed at $1,600. This one is also in a doorman building. The apartment features a separate galley kitchen and lots of prewar details.
- by Tripp Whetsell | 6/04/13 - 8:57 AM
If you're one of the thousands of newly-minted college grads flocking to New York City this summer, you and/or your parents are probably looking for an affordable place for you to call home--while fighting back tears at the prices/condition/space.
Do not despair. If at first you don't succeed in one neighborhood, try another.
Read on for the BrickUnderground's breakdown on 10 neighborhoods worth considering.
- by Mayra David | 6/03/13 - 2:21 PM
Fresh air, fresh appliances, and every woman’s dream. Five New Yorkers spill their home-improvement desires.
- Smoking ban Somebody sneaks on the roof and smokes sometimes. I'm on the top floor, so I smell it. My husband says I should lighten up about it... all part of living in the city. But I think it's wrong. -- Liz, Astoria
- A closet of one’s own A walk-in closet--what else? I want to open my closet door and have all my things in their rightful place, waiting for me to choose them when I put together an outfit. Sadly, all I have is a built in closet, with bi-fold doors that keep popping out of their tracks. And I only have half of that, since I share with my significant other. - Lynn, Midtown West
- by Sara Alessi | 6/03/13 - 11:22 AM
Today’s Open House Scorecard--the 10 open houses StreetEasy users saved to their open-house planners more often than any others this weekend--features several apartments with move-in-condition kitchens
The spruced up kitchen in a $625k two-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op on Fifth Avenue and First Street in Park Slope features stainless steel appliances, a mosaic glass backsplash and granite counters, in addition to a breakfast bar. Plus, it opens to the living and dining room, which has a wood-burning fireplace and exposed brick. The apartment also has its own washer-dryer. Another perk? The building has no underlying mortgage, keeping the maintenance at an affordable $696/month. Dogs are only permitted on approval.