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Old 10-01-2007, 11:49 AM
 
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Need some advice... where can a couple of Manhattan-dwellers buy some space without sacrificing city ambience?

Backstory - my husband and I have lived in Chelsea, in a rent-stabilized apartment, for the past six years. We love our neighborhood and its conveniences... great restaurants and bars within walking distance, easy commute to Midtown (for me), FreshDirect delivery, proximity to West Side Hwy parks, and a general sense of energy during the day (my husband works from home and likes to take periodic walk breaks so that he doesn't feel so isolated).

We'd probably live here forever, but our (small) one-bedroom is eventually going to pop at the seams. In the short-term we need a bit more room for my husband's office... in the next 2 years or so we'll probably be making room for a kid as well. Ideally our next step will be to buy a place, but I've looked around at 2-bedrooms in Manhattan and it seems that we've been priced out of the market.

So... where to? In addition to what we currently love about our neighborhood (described above), we'd also love to get a bit of outdoor space (deck or yard) and/or heighten our ability to get out of town a bit easier on weekends.

Considering Hoboken and Park Slope... anyone have any advice that could help us decide between the two? Or suggest an alternate?

Thanks!

(x-posted to NYC forum as well)
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Old 10-01-2007, 01:28 PM
 
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I'd do Park Slope. We have friends in both, and Park Slope just seems like the better place to raise a family. The crowd in Hoboken skews a little younger and wilder.

Deck/yard-wise, I think you'd have better luck in Brooklyn as well.
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Old 10-01-2007, 05:30 PM
 
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Have you considered uptown manhattan. You would be pretty close to central park.

they have affordable rents, and lots of the apartments are quite large
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