Slowly but Surely



Has become this:




Has become this:


Not digging the cheesy ceramic tiles or the still grungy tub in the bathroom. And the generic cabinets… well, they look an awful lot like THESE GUYS:

I guess there’s only so much you can expect from NYC apartment renovations, but here’s hoping they don’t use the hideous bathroom tiles for the kitchen backsplash (like they did in my current place).

At this point I’m a little more than a week from my move-in date. The updated photos above were taken by my realtor about a week ago, when the Super informed her that the work would be completed by this week. We hit a bit of a snag when my realtor informed me she’d be on vacation for the next few weeks and passed me off to one of her colleagues, who would handle the rest of the move-in process. I’m a bit concerned because New Realtor doesn’t seem to have a good grasp on where things stood before that, despite a pretty detailed email from Old Realtor to both of us outlining the next steps. But I spoke with NR and she said she was checking out the apartment on Friday to make sure things had progressed to the point I could do my final walkthrough before getting the keys. So fingers crossed I get word from her this weekend.


Day 2: And so it continues

New day, new realtor.

Apartment 4: 1 bedroom, 5th floor walkup. Nice sized rooms including a nice sized kitchen, but not much to write home about. Sloping floors. No laundry in bldg. 1 block from subway.

Apartment 4

Apartment 5: 1 bedroom, 4th floor walkup. Smaller rooms, living room and kitchen are one space. Almost set up like a railroad apartment. Laundry in building.

Apartment 5

Apartment 6: 1 bedroom, 4th floor walkup. Large living room. Good sized bedroom. 3 large closets and a nice bathroom. Kitchen has original cabinets, but under renovation. West-facing windows in bedroom and living room both with park view. Back of building so nice and quiet.

Apartment 6

So in case you couldn’t tell from that rather glowing description… I took that last one. I’m still on a bit of a high that is a combination of excitement and terror. It’s a pretty big deal and it means I’m soon going to be depleting my bank account to pay the various fees and deposits, but all in all I’m happy. I’ll finally have an apartment of my own with good light, good space, and a built-in workout! Yes the stair situation is not quite ideal, but I can make the best of that. Plus I’m planning on hiring movers so it’s not like I’ll be begging friends to haul my stuff up those flights. And I’m going to ask my realtor if there’s any way the management company will leave the original cabinets and let me do my own rehab/DIY project with them. Because, seriously they are fantastic. And I love a project.

And now the fun begins! Well… assuming my application is approved.

Update: Approved! Hooray for good credit. I’ll be signing paperwork on Tuesday. And fantasizing about my next steps for the foreseeable future.

Day 1: And so it begins

This weekend I contacted the real estate company we used 8 years ago to help find a place. My realtor lined up a few places once I’d filled out the paperwork and I was off!

Apartment 1: A “2” bedroom on the 3rd floor of a walkup at the northern end of my neighborhood. Decent closet off the entry (also, the bathroom… odd.) Living room a decent size with a connecting doorway to the “first” bedroom. Probably would’ve had a set of french doors to separate it from the living room originally, but it’s a good size. “Second” bedroom off the first with two decent closets. Both bedrooms face west with a decent amount of light because of the parking lot behind the building that separates it from the next building. Kitchen somewhat small but has a dishwasher. Over budget. A bit far from the train. Also… a walkup.

Apartment 1

Apartment 2: A 1 Bedroom closer to the subway in an elevator building. Decent sized living room and bedroom with 2 closets and slight park view. Nice bathroom. Miniscule kitchen. Like, unbelievably small. Consisted of small fridge, sink with a lip that could possibly be called a countertop and a stove/oven. Forget that work triangle that ideal kitchens are supposed to have. You have to sashay sideways to get from the fridge to the sink to the oven. If you turn 90 degrees you’ll be wedged between the appliances and the wall. Room was probably originally a bathroom. Oh well. But it was under budget.

Apartment 2

Apartment 3: A 1 Bedroom across the street from Apartment 2. Dingy lobby and hallways. Apartment a bit dark, but faces east and this was late afternoon. Kitchen and living room decent sized. Kitchen has original (heavily painted) cabinets. But very cool. Bathroom is a bit of a mess. Bedroom may be a bit small. Security grate over bedroom window. Fun. Three smallish closets. Plaster walls and ceiling heavily cracked. I’d be nervous hanging anything. No views to speak of. But under budget.

Apartment 3

So that’s where I stand after 1 day of apartment hunting. Realtor doesn’t seem super optimistic about availability of apartments now. But I’ll keep looking. Have contacted another realtor, just in case.