Would you spend nearly $3,000 a month for a cute apartment (complete with courtyard) in the heart of the West Village?
Few renters would describe a $2700-a-month one-bedroom as cheap, but we've found a pretty compelling reason to stretch the budget in the West Village: this one-bedroom in the Seville on Cornelia Street, which comes with exposed brick, a prime location, and access to the building's adorable courtyard.
The place has been on the market for close to a month, and while the price was recently reduced by $450, it's still no one's idea of a steal. For a lot of renters, though, this is a dream spot, and given prices in the area, it's also about as affordable an option as you'll find. So is it worth it? Our experts, including RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin as well as real estate bloggers and veteran NYC renters Julie Inzanti and Lambeth Hochwald, weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
Small it may be, but this 425-square-foot studio packs a punch
This Upper West Side apartment, showcased on the design blog Design-Milk, is just 425 square feet, but that didn’t stop architects Specht Harpman from creating an airy “micro-loft” in what was once a teeny sixth-floor studio.
Overall, competition in New York has slowed down--but remains fierce for homes priced under $2 million, like this Park Slope co-op listed for almost $1.1 million.
While prices—and demand—in New York's real estate market are still at dizzying highs, it looks like things may be calming down, at least a little bit: according to the latest market reports, prices are plateauing, apartments are staying on the market longer, and bidding wars (or calls for "best and final" offers among competing buyers) are less common than they were even a year ago.
Divvying up the decorating duties can be difficult. Here are a few tips to make it easier.
As if sharing an apartment with a roommate isn't difficult enough, splitting the cost of couches, coffee tables, lamps and all the other items that go into furnishing a new place—and then divvying up the pieces when it's time to move out—can make enemies of friends.
And the one thing you don't want to do is up and leave furniture behind: landlords will deduct the cost of removing leftovers from your security deposit. But after having our fair share of fights—and losing a fair sum of money on split items—in the process, we've compiled this quick guide to dividing up the household property in a fair and peaceful way. Read on for our strategies.
Unsurprisingly, Times Square ranked as one of the worst-smelling 'hoods in Manhattan.
A lot of things come to mind when you think of a heat wave in New York—kicking your blankets off the bed, drinking your coffee exclusively iced, the frigid blast of air conditioning at the office—but maybe chief among them is the smell. Seemingly every corner comes with its own special potpourri of potent, inexplicable scents, but some areas are worse than others. This is especially true when temperatures start spiking as they finally have in New York (y'know, now that we've reached the end of summer and are back in front of our desks).
In the interest of being (ahem) a little nosy during these last gasps of hot weather—and having a more official opinion to offer than "sometimes Midtown smells like hard boiled eggs!"—we asked apartment data site AddressReport to crunch the numbers on the most and least fragrant 'hoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The data could come as cold comfort (or a confirmation of your good location) if you're already settled, but for those of you currently on the apartment hunt, consider yourself warned.
At just 284 square feet, to call this studio co-op in Central Harlem small is an understatement. But for a comparatively modest $1,150 a month, this apartment’s got a lot going for it: hardwood floors, south-facing windows, and a separate kitchen with decent counter space, new cabinets and—from the look of the photograph—enough room for a small table or a stand-alone kitchen island and some bar stools.
The building is mainly concerned about dogs having, shall we say, "accidents" in common spaces, one building resident explained to the New York Post, which later picked up the news. So is no-paws-on-the-floor an effective (if roundabout) way to reinforce the common size limits on dogs—after all, most of us couldn't shoulder the full weight of a Saint Bernard—or the kind of rule that could easily be skirted with, say, a wheeled carrier or a granny cart?
A pop of happy color breathes new life into a room
Summer may be winding down (so long half-day Fridays), but there’s no reason to sink into a post-Labor Day funk. Here, Apartment Therapy suggests some tips for freshening up your apartment—and by extension your spirits.
If you're hoping to find a fall rental without shelling out an extra month's worth of rent to cover the broker's fee, check out the listings over at Naked Apartments to see a variety of no-fee and low-fee apartments with broker’s fees that top out at 9 percent (versus the typical 12 to 15 percent). We've rounded up current options in all five boroughs and in a variety of price ranges, and you can also search Naked Apartments by “no-fee” or “low-fee” to see more.
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