New York City Apartment Hunting Adventure: Day Two Recap

Day two of searching for apartments in New York City and today was no less a roller coaster of emotional and physical exhaustion than yesterday…but in a different way. Let me explain.

I’ll start by saying that I may have found my apartment…I may have found two…and I may come home with none. We met with another realtor early this morning off of an ad for an apartment on craigslist. It turned out that he could show us three apartments in a very large building. We showed up about a half hour early just to scope out the building itself which, while old, seemed to be in good shape. The realtor is one of the nicest guys I’ve had the pleasure of doing business with. No nonsense yet very friendly and helpful.

Apartment #1: It was good, bigger than I expected and cheap too but it was on the first floor and while that still meant a slight climb, I nixed it.

Apartment #2 and #3: Very good, especially the second one we saw. Pretty big, don’t know the exact dimensions but it had three ENORMOUS closets, a really good size kitchen, a entrance hallway with a little space for something in it and a small bathroom. No dishwasher but the building has laundry, an elevator though both of these apartments are on the second floor, and pet friendly. The windows don’t have screens but can fit air conditioners. While the apartments were definitely old, they were very well kept and maintained – as in they were far superior to that Allston apartment. I liked the layout of apartment 3 better than #2 as the bedroom and the living room were more together in that one but I ended up filling out an application for the second apartment.

Great right? Not so fast. The apartment I applied for, at the time, was for —- a month which is so far lower than I expected to pay, especially for such a big apartment, that I got really excited. Well, turns out someone else had already put in an application but I was told, through a series of very hard telephone conversations throughout the day, that if I went up 50 a month on that apartment I could jump ahead of that other person. I kind of feel bad about that but I agreed to it and also agreed that if I couldn’t get that apartment, I would take the third one I saw and so basically I have an application in for two apartments. The second and third apartments were so close to each other in size and everything and now that they are the same price I don’t really even care which one I get. I just want one of them.

And then the waiting started and is continuing even as I right this. The deposit is in, the application filled out and the realtor has every piece of paperwork on me that anyone could ever need to have. We’re now waiting for the building management to approve me and then we can sign the lease…for whatever apartment I end up with. We will hopefully know tomorrow morning before we have to leave the city.

So I basically have an apartment. I would call it 75% though my mom is more favoring 89%. I can honestly say that this has been one of the most stressful, confusing, and unsettling things I’ve ever had to do. I want it to be done. I want to be excited about my new place but I can’t go there yet because I don’t know what’s happening.

My mother has been an angel through this. She asked questions I didn’t even think to think of and having her see my potential place and like it makes me feel really good.

I won’t go into any more details until I know what’s going on. But I do have to share an interesting event that happened while we were viewing the one apartment. My mom looked outside – the apartment looks out onto the street – and she saw a man, maybe about 40 -50,  laying on the street in between two parked cars completely, um, unconscious(?) with a long stream of blood coming out of his head. From my point of view, the dude wasn’t breathing. Now before you get all weirded out, there were no gun shots or anything like that. It looked like maybe he fell and hit his head. The ambulance came for him but even after they put him in, they didn’t drive off right away so it doesn’t look good. I don’t want to know if he died or not. It was an image I’m not sure I’ll ever forget, especially the blood on the pavement (which was cleaned up before we got out there). Bad omen? I hope not.

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~ by LMB on 05/17/2010.

2 Responses to “New York City Apartment Hunting Adventure: Day Two Recap”

  1. Well, it definitely sounds to me like you’re getting an apartment! I’m glad you didn’t take the first floor one. And I think you’ll adjust to not having a dishwasher pretty quickly.

    As for the guy, I’d probably be freaked out by that too. I bet he had a heart attack and hit his head or something. Very sad but not a harbinger of anything.

  2. Those sound promising. I hope one of them worked out! Is the building in the neighborhood you wanted?

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