Why a walk-in shower beats a washer/dryer

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By Teri Karush Rogers  |
July 15, 2011 - 8:06AM

A recent discussion on how far in advance to begin apartment shopping emphasizes the importance of taking time to distinguish the must-haves from the can-live-withouts.

Fair enough, but in a city where in-unit washer-dryers arouse bloodlust, we were intrigued to hear one owner declare that a washer-dryer was not only expendable, but far less important than finding a walk-in shower:

"I realized [a washer-dryer] really wasn't a must as long as the building's laundry room was fine, dandy, plentiful, clean, and working....The new must-have was a walk-in shower. I'm sick of those bathtub showers with a curtain, or worse yet, a moldy slide-door. I wanted a bona fide, 2-person, non-pole-vaulting-walk-in shower. No, I didn't want to renovate. This must-have is tough to find in a pre-war. It was tops on my list."

Another commenter agrees that there are fine tradeoffs to be made for an in-unit washer/dryer: "I went from needing w/d in unit to having a decent laundry room (hah, now I send my laundry out, but that's irrelevant), and in exchange, took a pre-war w/ an elevator and dishwasher. I knew I wanted no doormen, but wanted a vigilant live-in-super who accepts packages. It helped me disregard a lot of the noise that brokers like to write in their descriptions." 


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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

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