WHO: Actor Orlando Bloom reportedly threw a punch at Justin Bieber in a nightclub in Spain this summer. Gossips suggested it was over Bloom’s ex, but we think Bloom was just trying to get Bieber to stop singing. Seriously, if we have to hear “Baby” ever again, we’re going to hit someone too.
This townhouse on St. Marks Place in Prospect Heights started as four apartments. After a 15-month reno, it's a three-floor one-bedroom with two rentals on the top floor.
What does a couple without kids (and no plans to have 'em) do with an entire four-story townhouse? In the case of one Prospect Heights pair, the answer was to knock out the four existing apartments and transform the space into an enviable one-bedroom spread across three floors, with a double-height living room, custom floating staircase, plenty of exposed brick, and a leafy backyard. In addition to their dreamy triplex, they created two separate rental units on the top floors of the building.
Summer could be a great time to sell an apartment in New York City.
There may or may not be a perfect time of year to list a New York City apartment, but according to Trulia (by way of Business Insider), paying attention to these significant calendar events may help you in your quest to sell.
Does the Murphy bed mean you can't ever use those white shelves for actual storage?
A Central Park West address is covetable, for sure, and a Manhattan studio with this bonafide asking $2,150 a month (with a decently sized kitchen, at that) isn't that exorbitant.Plus, the option to rent this place furnished could be a major boon, too, if you're moving without the basics. But to have to sleep on a Murphy bed, not to mention pass the building's co-op board before even gaining entry? Those may be the deal-breakers.
To find out if this park-side apartment is a smart find or not, we turn to our experts — including RentHackr founder ZebDropkin and freelance writers Julie Inzanti and LambethHochwald — for their thoughts on this week’s Take It or Leave It.
Keeping your kitchen clean at all times: easier said than done.
No one likes to feel underfoot in their own home, and keeping your apartment constantly staged and ready for showings can be one of the most irritating parts of the selling process. Zillow published some tips this week on keeping your apartment showing-ready without driving yourself nuts, and there were a few key takeaways.
The seller of this Upper East Side maisonette hasn't chopped his asking price--but many other would-be flippers have
For many New Yorkers, a successful flip—buying an apartment, making cosmetic tweaks and selling within months at a hefty markup (thanks to a galloping market)—is the dream. In our Flip or Flop? series, we've featured sellers who attempted to do just that (sometimes with more than minor renovations), specifically looking at homes on the market for significantly more than their most recent sales prices.
Today, we’re checking in on various properties to see if those gutsy sellers—some of whom were attempting to get double, even triple, what they paid—have found takers. (We’ve already covered the major flip of a Bed-Stuy brownstone, which a Brooklyn real estate investor bought for $1.2 million, listed three days later for $1.85 million, and sold about 3.5 months after that for $2.1 million.) If there's any general wisdom to be gleaned from this small sample, it’s that these places do sell—but typically after a price cut (or six). Read on:
Attempting to buy a co-op is akin to a job application on steroids. Not only do you have to prove you qualify—with a bundle of financial documents, rather than a resume—but you also have to convince a co-op board that you'll be an asset as a neighbor. This is where references come in, specifically letters from close friends and business colleagues who will attest to your personal character and financial responsibility.
To help demystify the application process, and provide some inspiration, we’ve collected sample letters from buyers who successfully landed their desired co-ops. We've cropped out contact information (these were all submitted on company letterhead or with the name, address and phone number of the letter writer at the top of the document) and any identifying details to protect everyone's privacy.
For $2,500, you and your roomies can enjoy this new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a wine fridge.
This three-bedroom apartment in the far, far reaches of Bushwick is remote by anyone's standards (it's 35-40 minutes to Union Square on the subway and located off the Bushwick-Aberdeen stop on the L train), but at $2,500/month—that's just $833 per person—it's as good a price as you're likely to find for a slick, sunny, and newly-renovated space like this one.
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