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- by Lucy Cohen Blatter | 4/26/13 - 3:03 PM
According to the listing, this $3,500 four-bedroom is in Prospect Heights, but we think that's pushing it a bit. The location is better described as Crown Heights. Either way, it sounds like a pretty good deal
Pros: Although the apartment has been recently renovated (as you can see from the photo of the kitchen), architectural features such as a fireplace, moldings and frames have been retained and restored.
Cons: The apartment is a third-floor walk-up.There's only one (small-looking) bathroom.
- by Loren as told to Julie Inzanti | 4/26/13 - 1:20 PM
I am a born-and-bred New Yorker who grew up on the Upper West Side on West 87th and Broadway. I later moved to 112th and Fredrick Douglass Boulevard and then 110th Street and Lenox before moving to my current place in the Financial District.
While starting my business back in 2007--I have an all natural, ready-to-bake desserts company called Sweet Loren's--I was living at home. Unfortunately, my mother passed away and we had to sell the apartment that she owned on 110th Street.
Another reason for moving downtown was that I didn't like being so far away from my friends (who mostly live n Brooklyn, on the Upper and Lower East Sides and the West Village) and definitely felt a lack of good supermarkets, cafes and gym.
- by Mike Akerly | 4/26/13 - 10:56 AM
Q. I recently moved out of a studio apartment that I had rented for three years in the West Village. I didn’t leave the apartment in the best condition and some of the damage was my fault. I didn’t really expect to get my $2,500 security deposit back.
However, after I moved out, my landlord called me to say that it cost $800 more than that to make repairs. Do I really have to pay him?
A. Absolutely! A security deposit is designed to protect a landlord from having to go after a tenant to collect monetary damages after the tenant moves out. It is not, however, a cap on a tenant’s liability.\
If you caused damage to the property and the landlord can demonstrate that the reasonable cost of the repairs was $800 more than your security deposit, you owe that money.
In the event that you do not settle your obligations with your landlord, he could file a claim against you in small claims court. If you choose to ignore it, he will ultimately get a default judgment against you and presumably could collect on it by levying your assets (e.g. bank accounts) or garnishing your wages.
- by Sara Alessi | 4/26/13 - 8:55 AM
Spring is finally here (hooray!), and views of the great outdoors may have been on everybody’s minds this week. The majority of the apartments in Most Wanted--the 10 sales listings StreetEasy users saved more often than any others this week--feature apartments with several views of the outdoors. And New Yorkers seem willing to pay way over the $1 million mark for that privilege.
Not only do you have a great view of the outdoors from inside this $1.775m two-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse duplex condo on 14th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues in Chelsea, but you can also go outside and enjoy a breath of fresh air on two private terraces. One faces north and overlooks brownstones, while the other faces south with views to the Freedom Tower. The living/dining area also offers views to the north. One con: An assessment of $492/month is in place.
- Hell's Bitchenby Kelly Kreth | 4/25/13 - 3:22 PM
It’s that time: Spring cleaning! Notice the exclamation point here and in the headline. It means I’m excited. While some might not be and think of cleaning and organizing as chores, when you are as neurotic as I am, it is a time to celebrate.
Probably the biggest chore for any NYC apartment dweller—particularly female--in relationship to the change of seasons is how to deal with clothing. You know the old tale of girls who store their sweaters in ovens and 100-plus shoes in kitchen cabinets? Believe it.
First up: Clothes and accessories
In the blink of an eye, when the weather changes from frigid to springy, everything changes when it comes to wardrobe. Boots get shuffled away into boxes that hide deep in the recesses of closets, while open-toed sandals come dancing out to be stored in full view.
- by Julie Inzanti | 4/25/13 - 12:22 PM
This $13.4 million Carnegie Hill home has 13 rooms and three outdoor spaces…and all of the incredible features any Park Avenue limestone townhouse should have… like a butler's pantry, a gorgeous oversized eat-in-kitchen, high ceilings and original wood mantle fireplaces.
But the fun happens in the funky indoor game room/kids' bedroom, complete with a basketball hoop and gym-like flooring, a loft bed you can climb up to and a punching bag hanging from the ceiling.
Luckily, in a single-family home you don't have to worry about downstairs neighbors complaining about a competitive Saturday morning one-on-one.
Real Estate Want is a weekly column featuring New York City apartment details we're coveting right now.
- by Kelly Kreth | 4/25/13 - 10:16 AM
We here at BrickUnderground get how stressful (and expensive) moving day can be. That's why we've covered myriad issues, including how to negotiate with a mover, high-tech ways to make a move easier, tips on moving without getting bedbugs, keeping things stress-free on moving day, avoiding moving scams and the ins and outs of building temporary walls.
When embarking on a mov —just like packing for a trip—you always seem to forget something. And in NYC (surprise!) everything's just a bit more complicated (thanks to small apartments and big furniture, lots of walk-ups and more).
Until you've done it a few times, some of the nuances of a NYC move may elude you. So, we asked some real New Yorkers to offer their real-life advice. Here's where hindsight is 20/20.
- StreetNoiseby Lucy Cohen Blatter | 4/25/13 - 8:58 AM
- Aside from the astronomical housing costs, New York City living is not all that expensive (NY Times)
- Urban treehouses are a reality... and this one can be yours for just under $6 million (Curbed)
- Changes in building code are likely post-Sandy (NY1)...
- ... and New Yorkers who used their own money on Sandy repairs may get reimbursed (NY Times)
- You may want your listing agent to stay home when you're showing your apartment (Malcolm Carter)...
- ..but that doesn't mean you should cut your listing broker out of the deal (UrbanBaby)
- What a London expat really thinks of NYC living (XOJane)
- Nate Berkus' reasonably priced West Village apartment hits the market, and yes, it was redone by the design guru himself (Curbed)
- Gowanus and Carroll Gardens neighborhoods will be a lot more convenient, starting tomorrow (Wall Street Journal)
- Landlords go all 007 on absentee tenants (NY Observer)
- For cheaper rent, cherchez les cold pockets (Zumper via CurbedNY)
- by Sharon Krum | 4/24/13 - 2:26 PM
WHO: Brooke Shields has modeled Calvin Klein jeans, starred in a sitcom and on Broadway, and now joins TV’s “Army Wives” playing a pilot. Where can we sign up for this life?
WHERE: Shields lives with her husband and two daughters in Greenwich Village, where the median sales price is $940,000 and the median rental price is $3,950, 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 Mayra David | 4/24/13 - 1:14 PM
Central air-conditioning, a skylight that actually lets in light and soundproof windows … six New Yorkers us how their city dwellings might be improved.
- Climate change I hate leaving my air conditioned bedroom in the summer and bathing in sweat by the time I reach my front door to leave. I wish I had central A/C so the temperature would be even and well-regulated throughout the apartment. -Curtis, Astoria
- The siren call of soundproofed windows I live on a street that doesn’t allow any parking on the either side.That’s because it’s the through street for the fire trucks when they race through, sirens blasting. I love my street and neighborhood, so I don’t want to move. But I’d love soundproof windows. - Heinz, Hamilton Heights
- Real.Est. List Spotlight Galleryby Leah Hochbaum Rosner | 4/24/13 - 11:23 AM
If you've got some spring cleaning to do, and you're dreading it, know that you have options. Like Genius Organizing—the subject of this week’s Real. Est. List Spotlight Series—can help clear out your closets, de-clutter your home office, and make over your living space into the habitable, inviting place it was meant to be.
“I am a reformed clutterer so I can relate to how people in a disorganized situation are feeling,” says Nicole Abramovici, a former television producer who founded Brooklyn-based Genius Organizing in 2006 after uncovering a hidden talent for organizing.
“I worked long hours and when I came home I tended to just throw stuff down. I knew I needed to change that before things got way too out of hand,” she says, explaining that she understands all too well the shame people can feel when a situation that they themselves created gets so bad that they have to resort to an expert.
- by Tracy Kaler | 4/24/13 - 8:57 AM
Q. I'm in the process of hiring a contractor for my renovations. What questions should I ask his references?
A. First off, ask each candidate for a minimum of three references. Any legitimate contractor with experience should easily have a list of projects under his or her belt from which to choose.
Be sure to ask for references with completed projects similar to yours.
Here are 9 questions to ask:
1. What did you do to your apartment?
Find out specifically what the scope of the project was.
Did they simply skim coat the walls and paint? Or did the contractor do a complete renovation including kitchens and baths?
- by Teri Karush Rogers | 4/23/13 - 1:37 PM
Q. After 12 years in a building with no outdoor space, my husband and I are determined to buy an apartment with a private outdoor area. What are the pros and cons of a patio/backyard versus a terrace/roofdeck?
A. There is a considerable difference between owning a ground-floor outdoor space and one many stories above, says our experts, and each will cost you.
"Be prepared to pay dearly for it, and sadly, be prepared to compromise," says real estate broker Gordon Roberts of Warburg Realty.
- by Alex Hughes | 4/23/13 - 10:55 AM
SoHo and Chelsea are two of Manhattan's trendiest locales, with upscale boutiques, cutting-edge galleries and lots of tourists to boot. Like most other 'hoods, the best apartment deals tend to be in walk-up buildings, such as four rentals that made this week's Hot Dozen--the 12 rental apartments Streeteasy.com visitors clicked on most often over the past seven days.
A studio at 221 West 28th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Aves) is listed for $1,875. It's actually a junior one-bedroom, with a foyer and lots of closet space. The apartment is on the second floor and looks bright and clean. Guarantors are permitted, and so are pets. Also, notes the listing, there is "NO BED BUG HISTORY EVER IN THE BUILDING."
- by Lucy Cohen Blatter | 4/23/13 - 8:58 AM
In BrickUnderground's parents guide to buying and renting in NYC, we covered the real estate basics for finding an appropriate place to dwell with kids. Now we're taking a closer look on the one issue (besides price) that may influence a young parent's real estate decision more than any other: Elementary school options.
Whether you're looking to rent or buy--and whether you have young children now, expect to in the next few years, or just want to make sure you buy a place that will be in demand by families when you sell--read on for advice from the experts about how to navigate public and private school choices.