The only thing I’m not excited about? Packing. Ugh.
I know I said I was staying put, but then the rent went up and I started looking around.
The pickings were slim, as always given that it’s NYC, but I kept looking. It seemed like a good opportunity to press RESET, perhaps lower my rent and maybe even go back to Manhattan. As I’ve said, I love Williamsburg, but the L train occasionally challenges my sanity. It would also be nice to have more friends closer to home.
I saw a few “one bedrooms” that were actually studios with a funny wall built to awkwardly break up the space. Like this.
That seems to be the trick of the moment. Years ago, before NYC realtors used the internet much for posting their listings, tricks included not telling you the apartment location and making you meet them on a nearby corner (so you wouldn’t try to see the apartment independently and avoid their broker’s fee).
Then I saw one apartment that was a possibility. Continue reading
While doing some comparison shopping, I came across this bit of hilarity.
How many paupers do you know that can spend close to $3000 on monthly rent?
A real pauper would instead consider this room in Nolita which is gently priced at $395 per month. Of course, it’s also disgusting.
Now you see how I keep coming back to the I’m Staying Put conclusion.
I’m really enjoying Curbed.com’s renters’ week content, including this round up of what $2000 per month in rent will get you in various American cities
Even though looking at the NYC option makes those of us paying high rents feel a little silly. And poor.
$2000 per month goes far in Detroit.
But NYC is home. I don’t even know what I’d do with more space. Honest.
Would you like to see some of the apartments I didn’t take? OK then! Here’s one.
I looked at three studios (two with the same layout, one with a different), all around $2850 per month. Sample listing with floor plan here.
Yes, almost $3000 per month. That’s rent, not a mortgage payment. You don’t get to keep the place.