UPPER WEST SIDE, MANHATTAN: 1-bed, 1-bath co-op at 127 West 96th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus). $569,000 + $938/mo maintenance charges.
Last week, Brooklyn blog BK to the Fullest touted a $565,000 Vanderbilt Avenue apartment as "the most affordable two-bedroom in Prospect Heights," and it got us to wondering what else is available across the city in this price range. Unsurprisingly, you'll be mostly limited to one-bedrooms in Manhattan (and in general, more co-op options than condo), but offerings expand significantly once you head uptown and to the outer boroughs.
Less is more when it comes to decorating a small apartment
On the one hand, the small size of most New York City apartments makes decorating a fairly manageable endeavor. On the other hand, making the most of a small space requires a certain amount of design savvy. Here, according to Apartment Therapy, are the top mistakes to avoid when putting together a tiny apartment.
A pivotal moment in the life of every new condo building typically arrives around the two- or three-year mark, when a certain number of units have sold—typically around 50 percent—and the developer, known as a sponsor, no longer controls a majority of seats on the condo board. Control of the board—and thereby the building—passes into the hands of residents, whose first order of business is to take a long hard look at every aspect of the building’s operations.
The latest to enter the field is Revaluate, which launches in beta today. Revaluate culls data from some 2,000 public and private sources, according to co-founders Chris Drayer (a real estate tech marketer) and Max Galka (a financial derivatives modeler), and boils it down to a building score. The idea is to provide users with an accurate and useful method of comparing similar buildings, to uncover the subtle differences between the two Upper West Side walk-ups that both have co-ops for sale, and to answer the question, What’s it like to live there?
Both are luxuries in New York, but which one do city dwellers prefer? We asked five New Yorkers whether they'd prefer a spacious spot to keep their clothes or an option to nix the need to share a shower.
A place to stow your stuff: I have a half-bath already, so I’d love a walk-in closet! We do get quite a lot of house guests visiting from out of town so we have a lot of extra comforters and pillows and four air mattresses. I’d love to have those accessible instead of stowed away in this crawl space right under the ceiling. It’s a pain in the neck to get on a ladder, and try to lower your stuff without everything—including yourself—falling down. I want to just walk in and be done. - Bunny, Harlem
Whatever room they're in, views always come at a premium in New York apartments. But it seems to us there's something extra luxurious about a bathroom with a a major vista, letting you gaze out at the city while slathering yourself in the finest of oils (or whatever it is you do in a $60 million place of residence). From One57 to the Brooklyn Heights waterfront, we've rounded up apartments where you can spy on the rest of the city while you soak (and remain high up enough to protect your privacy).
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