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.
Thinking of recreating life on the farm here in the urban jungle? Apparently you're not alone.More and more New Yorkers are keeping chickens in their backyards, DNAinfo reports. Apparently raising the birds in New York has its advantages, most notably getting the freshest organic eggs, as well as fertilizer for your garden.
People are frighteningly good at hiding their crazy, as anyone who's ever shared an apartment (or worse, a dorm room) can tell you. But that doesn't stop renters with rooms to fill from trying to weed out the bad seeds ahead of time. And while there are some things you can't rule out in your roommates, certain phrases seem to come up over and over in the postings, as any seasoned Craigslist hunter can tell you (and as a recent afternoon spent trolling its shared accommodations listings confirmed). Below, some of the most common tropes, and what they really mean.
Financial District 2-bedroom with hardwood floors, custom countertops, convection oven, and washer/dryer in building with rooftop lounge, fitness center, and outdoor basketball court, $5,388 + 8.37% broker's fee
Looking to lock down a new rental without shelling out an extra month's worth of rent in broker's fees? Check out the listings 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.
Whether you’re dying to get rid of your roommate because her gross negligence led to the loss of your beloved guinea pig or he keeps trashing your applewood-smoked bacon to avoid temptation now that he’s vegan, there’s no question: It's time to cut ties. And if you’re unhappy, chances are they are too. They might even be as eager to leave as you are to see them go. “Real nightmare roommates do exist,” says Matt Hutchinson of roommate search site SpareRoom, “but for the most part, the other person is an okay person you just don’t happen to be able to live with.”
It seems there are always New York homes on the market at even highly specific price points, and this week, we've combed through the listings for apartments listed for $740,000. There are options in all five boroughs, and while a lot of 'em are one-bedrooms, we also found a few that seem surprisingly spacious (and mercifully well-lit).
Q: I'm looking to rent out a room in my apartment. Can I legally advertise my place as LGBT-friendly? Am I allowed to ask how old potential roommates are? Can I ask them for references?
We certainly don’t envy you this task: finding a roommate is a laborious process with unpredictable results—and that’s without worrying about the legal implications of your search. While describing your apartment in a certain way, like gay-friendly, and requiring references shouldn’t raise any red flags, you’d be wise to steer clear of age-related questions, our experts say.
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