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Old 03-04-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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It's about 500 sq. ft., which for West Village, is a large 1 bedroom for a pre-war building. We didn't want a newer building, and the bedroom can fit a queen sized bed and furniture, which is plenty big enough.

I wouldn't trade space/building amenities for neighborhood quality, just saying.
That sounds about right then for the rent, but only brokers define 500 sq ft apartments as large 1 bedrooms....just saying.

I really liked the area, but we would have had to pay at least $250 more a month to get something the size of what we have in that area and we wouldn't have had the upgrades/amenities. To us safety, size, and amenities were more important than living in a pre-war building or having a row of restaurants across the street, and of course price was a huge factor.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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That sounds about right then for the rent, but only brokers define 500 sq ft apartments as large 1 bedrooms....just saying.

I really liked the area, but we would have had to pay at least $250 more a month to get something the size of what we have in that area and we wouldn't have had the upgrades/amenities. To us safety, size, and amenities were more important than living in a pre-war building or having a row of restaurants across the street, and of course price was a huge factor.
That is still cheap for West Village.
Maybe you just haven't seen all those 400 sq ft 1 bedrooms that usually go for 2000
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:36 AM
 
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That is still cheap for West Village.
Maybe you just haven't seen all those 400 sq ft 1 bedrooms that usually go for 2000
I saw some of those on the UES/UWS...no way. In some of them you couldn't even fit a queen bed or that was all you could fit in the bedroom. And there was one 1 small closet for the entire apartment.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:52 AM
 
Location: East Village
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That sounds about right then for the rent, but only brokers define 500 sq ft apartments as large 1 bedrooms....just saying.

I really liked the area, but we would have had to pay at least $250 more a month to get something the size of what we have in that area and we wouldn't have had the upgrades/amenities. To us safety, size, and amenities were more important than living in a pre-war building or having a row of restaurants across the street, and of course price was a huge factor.
In the Village, a 500 sq. ft. 1-bedroom is large in comparison to most of the housing stock there. That's not a "broker-defined" term, at least not in that neighborhood.

I have safety, size, upgrades, pre-war AND a row of restaurants across the street. Amenities meant nothing to me, and I think most people who live in the Village (even those who pay double or triple my rent) feel the same way, since a lot of the small pre-wars don't have laundry, doormen, concierge, etc., etc.
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Old 03-05-2011, 12:00 AM
 
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Wherever the OP moves, he sounds like a welcome addition to the NYC dating pool. lol
Ha! Thanks?
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:29 AM
 
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Hello all,

I will be moving to NYC in the near future (3 months). I've been searching here, Yelp, and various other google hits for some advice that's germane to my situation. I try not to clutter boards with things that have already been discussed, but I would like some advice if anyone is willing...

I will be working pretty close to Times Square in Midtown. I would like to live in an area that's an easy commute, but I'm afraid that it may not jive with my personality. I see people talk about hipsters and frat-guys all of the time. I don't think I necessarily fit into either of those. Murray Hill looked like a good option for me at first, but I read on here some things that didn't sound flattering.

Personality wise, I tend to like indie music and movies. I'm not very political. Don't have a problem with any races (looking forward to some diversity, actually, as I'm coming from Texas). I don't party, but I'll grab a beer now and then. I love live music, but I don't want to deal with it blaring through my windows every night while trying to sleep. Good/nicer restaurants are a plus. Definitely NOT the alpha-male type. Very open-minded and accepting of others.

I'm 30, male, and single. Whitey. No skinny jeans for me.
Budget - depends on the apartment, but a MAX of $2800/mo. Would prefer to keep it closer to $2500 for a true 1BR.
Amenities - I'm partial to an area that will have high-rises, as I would like to have an onsite fitness facility that's fairly nice.

Lastly, and I know this is bordering on pathetic, but I've been in rural east texas for 5 years where the dating pool is non-existent. I'm planning on making up for lost time and I'm hoping to date/get serious with someone, so I'd like to be in an area that would have more women in my age range (24-35'ish).

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!
Hey everyone. I had an update and would like to maybe get a little clarification. My new job got pushed back and I probably won't be starting until July. Also, it's not in the location I had originally thought. It's actually closer to 53rd/3rd. Based on the NEW location, would anyone change their recommendations as to where to look?

Also - I'm no longer dead-set on living the "high-rise" life. I'm fine with a walkup, brownstone, etc.

And the few friends I already have in NYC live in Brooklyn. So something convenient to, or in, brooklyn would be fine. I just don't want to have a really long commute on the subway every day.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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Haha - I felt like I needed to clarify that i wasn't trying to fit in with whatever's considered hipster style!

Thanks for the advice so far, guys. Midtown West looks like it might be exactly what i'm looking for. Definitely appears that I would be able to find a high-rise in that area from looking at craigslist.

Has anyone ever tried to get a discount on their lease by paying a full year in advance? Is that something that's done?
I have a friend who for the past 9 years has successfully negotiated lower rents by paying a year in advance, so, yes, it can be done and it is being done. Good luck!


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Old 05-12-2011, 10:01 AM
 
Location: NYC
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53rd and 3rd is Midtown East. There are some good deals to be found on the Upper East Side (UES), though I personally am not a huge fan of the UES. But you would be very conveniently located to your job, and Central Park would be close by--two huge benefits. Plus, lots of people LOVE the UES.

Where in Brooklyn do your friends live? Just so you know, lots of people here commute and it's not a big deal. It's definitely better if you can get a seat on the train because then you can simply read and relax, but either way it's very doable. Of course, I work only 3 short stops from where I live, so who am I to say?
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:02 AM
 
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I have a friend who for the past 9 years has successfully negotiated lower rents by paying a year in advance, so, yes, it can be done and it is being done. Good luck!


Very nice to know! Would you be willing to PM me an example of their arrangement? I.e., pay a full year in advance, were able to reduce avg monthly payment by $50? 100? 200? Thanks for the input.
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