Sponsor co-op pick of the week

A Riverdale two bedroom with closing credits on the table, and no board approval required

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By Emily Myers  |
February 22, 2019 - 9:00AM

Amenities at this Riverdale complex include an outdoor pool, basketball courts and a live-in super. 


Welcome to Brick Underground’s sponsor apartment pick of the week, where we feature a co-op for sale by the owner of the building. You do not need board approval to buy these apartments, they are often newly renovated, and they typically require a down payment of only 10 percent, versus the 20 to 25 percent that most co-ops demand. In exchange for the condo-like ease of acquisition, expect to pay a bit more than a regular co-op, but considerably less than a condo. For more information, check out "Everything you ever wanted to know about sponsor apartments but were afraid to ask."

This Riverdale two-bedroom, one-bath co-op, 5800 Arlington Ave., #4H, is on the market for $542,000, which is above the current median price of $440,000 for similar units in the area according to StreetEasy. On the plus side, this unit has been completely remodeled. It's in the Skyview, a building completed in 1961 that sits on 23 acres of private property and has amenities like an outdoor pool, gym, basketball courts, a live-in super, bike room, concierge, package room, parking, and laundry facilities in the building. As a price guide, the last two bedroom sold in the building in November 2018 for $568,000 although it was bigger, with two baths and a 115-square-foot balcony. 

If you're looking to act fast, the developer is offering a closing credit of $2,000 to buyers this month. Closing credits can help you pay for closing costs while keeping the official sales price high for the developer. It's a sign of the slowing market that they are on the table at all.


The kitchen is in an alcove off the living room and has stainless steel appliances, a quartz countertop, and Italian cabinetry. There's a balcony off the living room, which faces west, a good orientation for natural light.



The master bedroom has double closets. 

The bathroom has a window and is shared by both bedrooms, though it is closer to the master. 
The layout is practical with the entrance opening into a corridor with plenty of closet space. The building is comprised of studios through four-bedroom units and has 435 units and 20 stories.
The area isn't well served by transit but there's a shuttle service organized by the building that takes residents to Metro North. 
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Emily Myers

Senior Writer/Podcast Producer

Emily Myers is a senior writer, podcast host, and producer at Brick Underground. She writes about issues ranging from market analysis and tenants' rights to the intricacies of buying and selling condos and co-ops. As host of the Brick Underground podcast, she has earned four silver awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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