The price has been reduced from $4,000 a month on this four-bedroom, which offers a roommate-friendly kitchen but a single, cramped bathroom to share.
With even unemployed college grads shelling out $1,000 a month for rooms in the city (does anyone know how they're doing this?), $3,250 a month for a four-bedroom in a renovated pre-war—which shakes out to a little over $800 per person—is about as good a deal as you'll find. And this Hamilton Heights corner apartment is especially well-situated for students at City College and other uptown schools.
While it's got a kitchen large enough for some communal meals (and solid storage), though, the single bathroom reminds us all too well of college crash pads we'd rather leave in the past.
At its newly reduced price, down from $4,000 a month, is this apartment a keeper for the right crew of roommies? Our veteran renters—including RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter—weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
After moving into a beaten up Hamilton Heights co-op in 2012, we spent years renovating—and gained a lot of wisdom in the process. Above, the finished living room.
When I moved into my slightly dilapidated one-bedroom co-op in Hamilton Heights, I not only bid adieu to my years as a renter, I also embarked on a complete overhaul of the place, from redoing the kitchen floors to remodeling the bathroom to adding an office—on a shoestring budget, and much of it with my own hands. It's been a messy, dusty, sweaty two-and-a-half years, but now the ladder and miter saw are in storage, and I'm ready to enjoy the fruits of my labor.
Here, dear reader, is what I gleaned from my New York City renovation:
"Trivialities such as white out on an application can get it dismissed," Brooklyn Brief reports, as can issues like incorrect credit scores or "two estranged partners both claiming their child as a dependent." Failing that, the site notes, "some residents might not even know how to apply for housing, or what the eligibility requirements are."
For around 50 cents a day, a basic renter’s insurance policy can be a financial lifesaver in case of fire or theft, as well as at least a dozen other situations that may befall you and/or your roommate…ranging from power surges that zap your appliances, to accidental flooding, entertainment mishaps and even lost luggage.
Avoid sharing a place with this guy—unless you're into a roommate who never leaves the couch and eats all your cheese
Finding a roommate would be so much easier if only baggage-laden people came with giant light-up signs above their heads: "Don't pick me! I will use your living room to host nightly EDM parties!" Or, "I'm allergic to paying rent!"
Alas, such signs don't exist. But there are ways to suss out if a potential roommate—whether a buddy from college or a virtual stranger off Craigslist—is bad news.
This gut-renovated duplex at 1444 Pacific Street in Crown Heights screams roommate apartment to us—it's got four full bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms and is guarantor-friendly—and at $3,100, it's a rare chance to live in Brooklyn for less than $800 a month.
Get to know your friends VERY well before you go halvsies on a house.
It sounds, at first, as practical as it is idyllic: rather than resign yourself to renting for the rest of your life, simplybuy a brownstone with friends. Split the chores and the mortgage, get more bang for your buck, and create a community at the same time.
The idea isn't new: it dates back to the 1960s, when upwardly mobile couples or groups moved into Upper West Side brownstones, a la Mad Men's Peggy Olsen, and continued with the so-called "revival" of Park Slope in the 1980s.
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