StreetEasy, Zillow and Trulia all use slightly different data on their sites. While each metric is useful in its own way, it's best to know what you're looking at.
If you're like us, you skipped out of your last high school math class and breathed a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, the process of buying or selling an apartment will bring you right back to that classroom, between figuring out a fair price tag for your condo, deciding whether that co-op is overpriced, or simply determining whether you can afford a neighborhood.
Q. I live in a co-op, and recently a water pipe inside my wall leaked, probably because of its age. Even though it was repaired promptly, the leak caused some water damage to the apartment below mine. According to the building, the pipe is my responsibility, which I don't dispute. But who's responsible for repairing my neighbor's damage?
A. Standard practice is for everyone involved—the building and both co-op owners—to file claims with their respective insurance companies and let them sort it out, our experts say.
MIDTOWN, MANHATTAN: 2-bed, 2-bath co-op at 25 West 54th Street (between Fifth and Sixth). $799,000 + $1,398/mo maintenance.
If you've got $800,000 to spend, there are a lot of options on the market in New York, from larger, family-friendly digs with backyards (or even a pool!) to still-spacious centrally located one-bedrooms. We've looked through the listings, and found homes in your price range in all five boroughs.
Just what you were hoping to find when you got home from work: a rando on the couch.
There are plenty of ways for a roommate relationship to go off the rails, and last week, Gothamist explored one of the very worst: a roommate renting out their room on Airbnb while they take a vacation, leaving you in charge of their guests (and without a cut of the profits). Rough stuff.
A Brooklyn resident, who wrote into the site's "Ask a Native New Yorker" column, wondered if, at the very least, he should get a share of the Airbnb money for having to put up with his roommate's Internet guests. The way Gothamist co-founder Jake Dobkin explains it, there are three main options here.
New York-based blogger Athena Calderone designed this chic bedroom with a little help from Pinterest and CB2 furniture and accessories.
Ever wondered if you could actually furnish an apartment from Pinterest? So did we, so we were interested to learn about CB2’s supercool APT.CB2 experiment in which Crate & Barrel’s sister company invited five guest pinners—all with massive Pinterest followings—to each design a room in a Manhattan loft using CB2 merchandise voted on by Pinterest viewers. The apartment, located at 873 Broadway near Union Square, was decorated over five days in May and the results were inspiring.
We're in peak rental season as summer gives way to fall, with apartments churning and lease renewals in the offing, so it can't hurt to be on your landlord's good side, right? After all, it could mean the difference between getting your shower drain unclogged ASAP and standing in inches of water while you wash every morning. Still, "just because you’re nice and friendly doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily get a discount come lease renewal time,” says ArikLifshitz, president of DSA Management, which owns 40 apartment buildings in New York. “But you’re certainly better off for not being a difficult tenant.”
So what exactly does it take to become a model tenant (assuming, of course, that your landlord is a decent sort who's not asking you to put up with substandard living arrangements)? Paying the rent on time is a good start, as is following the law (i.e. no brothels, no gambling dens, no illegal Airbnb sublets). Butsometimes being respectful and keeping a cool head—no matter how angry you are about that drain issue—is more important.
Wishing for glazed windows, glazed bathtubs and a refrigerator that's one size smaller! As the temperatures rise, we asked five New Yorkers to blow off steam by telling us what they would change about their homes if they could:
Keep out the rays: I’d change the windows. First, to have the triple-glazed to keep out the noise; then, I’d like window film to help reduce the intense heat and glare from my south-facing windows. The constant exposure to rays has faded my couch. In the winter, the windows leak heat, and in the summer the window frames get so hot it can burn your fingers. It’s insane how much money and energy we waste on these windows that do so little to protect us from noise, dirt, and the elements. - Kristina, Upper West Side
It may not be ideal year-round, but the rooftop pool at 2 Cooper Square in Noho—complete with lifeguard, bar, and barbecue area—would be pretty good cause for bragging rights in the summertime.
There are a lot of fancy amenities out there we could live without—virtual golf rooms, we're looking at you—but we're convinced that having a pool right in your apartment building would be nothing short of life changing. The daily exercise benefits would be great, sure, but what about the lounging? That, and having the ultimate trump card when trying to convince your friends to come over, instead of the other way around? As such, we've rounded up a few of our favorite residential buildings in the city where you can not only get in shape, but lose an afternoon kicking back with a stack of magazines beside the pool. Looks pretty ideal right about now....
Need a weekend project that’s both satisfying and essential? How about organizing the black hole that is your fridge? Apartment Therapy has a three-step program for establishing order in this frequently neglected appliance.
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