NYC Real(i)ty Speak: 5 ways to tell an estate-condition apt from a sh*thole

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Besides needing a gut renovation, estate-condition apartments have little else in common with a basic NYC sh*thole apartment. The latter only look like someone died there. Here's how to tell the difference:

Estate: Herringbone floors with loose pieces of wood

Sh*thole: Parquet floors with loose pieces of wood


Estate: Cracked marble foyer

Sh*thole: Linoleum foyer


Estate:  Former owner is recently deceased

Sh*thole: Former owner is recently incarcerated


Estate:  Peeling flocked wallpaper

Sh*thole: Peeling lead paint


Estate:  Egg and dart molding

Sh*thole: Popcorn ceiling


Veronica X. is a Canadian by birth, an Upper West Sider by nature, and an Upper East Sider by choice and circumstance. She has finally found an apartment big enough for her family, books, and shoes and is now in the process of renovating it.