Take It Or Leave It

Are brand new renovations enough to sell you on this three-bedroom in Woodside, Queens?

By Lucy Cohen Blatter | August 2, 2017 - 10:59AM 

It's clear from the photos of this $3,100 three-bedroom in Woodside, Queens, that it's been recently renovated: the kitchen appliances are brand new and there still seems to be tape on the windows.

The apartment itself is also relatively well priced, at about $1,000 per person if it's shared.

So is it worth considering for a September 1st move? We asked our experts (and veteran renters) to weigh in. For this week's Take It or Leave It, they are Constantine Valhouli, founder of real estate research and analytics firm NeighborhoodX and freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald.

Size: Three-bedroom, two-bath
Location: 57-04 Woodside Ave. (btwn 57th and 58th streets), Woodside, Queens
Price: $3,100
Flexible layout: Yes
Days on the market: 16
Subway: 7 at Woodside Av-61st Street

Pros and cons:

"I love the new reno feel, the floors and the recessed lighting. That said, I think the apartment is on the first floor, and it does seem to be divided up into a bunch of bedrooms somewhat willy nilly." —Lucy

"The apartment might have two bathrooms (listing data says two, listing text says one), and the neighborhood itself is one of the more interesting ones in northwest Queens. But the listing photos are weird AF (I mean, a close-up of the video intercom ... really?) And while the apartment is 1,400-square-feet, the layout seems to suggest one of those "trust me, I saw it in Dwell magazine" moments where they knocked all the walls out and made three tiny bedrooms. From the photos, the central space of the apartment seems cavernous—like you could invite your friends over and re-enact scenes from 'Mad Max: Thunderdome'." —Constantine

"Golly there are some seriously nice floors in this very shareable Woodside three-bedroom. And I love that this place is advertised as being a mere 'minute from the 59th Street Bridge bike route' but that doesn't factor in how long it will take you to pedal up to the actual bridge." —Lambeth

Who this apartment would be perfect for:

"Three roommates who are looking for a modern apartment for a decent price in a fun--though slightly out of the center of it all--neighborhood." —Lucy

"People who'd like to invite their friends over and re-enact scenes from 'Mad Max'. Or three people moving to NYC and looking for rent at about $1,000 apiece. " —Constantine

"A couple of biker friends who plan to bike to work daily and are eager to dive into the fun Woodside vibe." —Lambeth

The verdict(s):

TAKE IT "I like Woodside, and I like this apartment, and for $1,000 a month each you could do far worse. If there's a broker fee, try to negotiate, though." —Lucy

TAKE IT "But check on the relative size of the bedrooms, and whether there is one or two washrooms. Also, there better not be a broker fee involved here." —Constantine

LEAVE IT "Despite its new and perky kitchen the views are so-so and there's no laundry on the premises!"—Lambeth



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