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Seeking a brownstone with a pool, luxury rents spike, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
November 18, 2022 - 2:30PM

This week readers visited Brick Underground to check out the story of two Seattle transplants who wanted to move to Brooklyn to be close to family. They had an unusual wish list for their house hunt: They wanted a brownstone with a pool. The couple found their dream home in Bed-Stuy: A five-bedroom brownstone with a backyard and pool for $2.2 million.

Also of interest: A look at New York City's rental market, where the demand for luxury buildings is propping up rents. 

Here are this week's top five posts: 

1) Why we moved to NYC from Seattle: To be close to family and find a Brooklyn brownstone with a pool

2) Demand for doorman buildings keeps NYC rents stubbornly high

3) The insider's guide to rent-stabilized apartments: Essential knowledge for New York renters

4) What do NYC landlords look for in a credit check?

5) What to know about buying in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn: A diverse, affordable community where the beach and boardwalk are the main attractions


Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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