May 05, 2009

Flibbert is Moving on Up. To the Midtown West Side!

I made the decision to move from my current apartment a while back, but because of the way the NY apartment market works, I could not begin hunting for an apartment until the first of the month before my target move date.  Because my target move date was June 1, I was able to start hunting for apartments this weekend.

An apartment hunt in NYC in my price range does not take long.  There are a number of apartments available at any given time.  The challenge is just finding them and getting in to see them.  But once in, you don't have long to make a decision.

When I first moved to NYC, I went apartment hunting and I had one day to find a place.  By the end of the day, I saw two apartments I liked and my favorite, which had entered the market that morning, was already signed before I could submit my application that afternoon, so I had to go with my second choice.

So, anyway, my hunt began in earnest yesterday.  First thing in the morning, I called around and lined up three places to see on my own.  While I was walking around to the first one, I lined up a fourth.

The first apartment I saw was AWFUL.  It was shown by the current resident.  It was TINY with a railroad bedroom.

The second place I was going to see was the fourth one I arranged and I realized it was in the same building with the same floor plan but on a lower floor.  So, I skipped it.

On my way to the third place, I called my broker and arranged to come by his office and see some apartments with him.

The third place I saw was really great.  The bedroom was spacious as was the bathroom.  The living room and kitchen were combined in a nice, entertainment-friendly space.  Hardwood floors everywhere except in the bathroom.  The whole place looked like it had been recently renovated.  AND it was rent stabilized.

Rent stabilized apartments have the annual rate of increase from lease to lease capped at, according to my real estate agent, 3%.

This apartment had two big things working against it.  First, it was in a bad location.  Even though it was within Hell's Kitchen, the neighborhood I preferred, it was far to the west and not in line with an express subway stop.  The second thing was that it was on the ground floor.  Ground floor apartments are creepy.  If there's anyone in the backyard, they can see in.  And rats could easily get in if you have the windows open.  That thought really creeps me out since I leave my windows open a lot.

The third apartment I arranged to see wasn't available for viewing until 7pm, so I went to meet up with my broker.

My broker was an ass.  Both this time and the previous time that I came to the office, he knew I was coming, but when I got there he was not available and had someone else help me.

Fortunately, the someone else was a very nice and helpful lady.  She lined up a half dozen places for me to see that afternoon.

After traipsing about a bit, we landed upon another apartment that I liked.  It was larger than the other apartment I liked, but the layout was really strange and included a TINY bathroom.  The location, though, is insanely good.  It's a block and a half from Times Square and five blocks from where I work.  It has huge windows and is on the fifth floor.

After some consideration, I decided to go with the larger apartment, so I skipped the appointment at 7 (the location on that one was like the other one -- not ideal) and decided to put in an application.

This morning, I got the good news!  My application was accepted and I signed the lease just a couple of hours ago.


The challenge now, however, is that I ended up signing a lease that starts May 15th.  I don't HAAVVE to move on the 15th, of course, but it would be nice, wouldn't it?

The more I think about it, though, the more I think I will have to move the weekend of the 22nd or sometime in the preceding week at the earliest.

The reason is because L'Italiana's bridal shower/party is on the 16th.  If I move on the 15th, I won't even be unpacked before I will head out of town for the weekend.

Tomorrow, when I'm at work, I will look at my work calendar and decide.  And then I will have to start arranging appointments with utility companies and everything.  And changing addresses.  And all that stuff.  EXCITING!

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1 Hooray! How exciting!

Posted by: Rational Jenn at May 05, 2009 05:39 PM (uQ7sR)

2 Congrats! Keep us posted!

Posted by: colin at May 24, 2009 11:40 PM (WxRtC)

3 Any updates on the new pad?  How about some photos or a floorplan?

Posted by: colin at June 08, 2009 07:14 PM (WxRtC)

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