Thursday, July 18, 2013
Moving - From Carroll Gardens to Jackson Heights!
Yes, friends. I have found "the one".
I made an offer today and it was accepted!
On a 2 BR in Jackson Heights, where Ross and I can spread out -- and I think we will be very happy there. For half the price, nay, one-third the price of a Carroll Gardens 2BR we will acquire twice the space in a full service building, with a super and porters, with a door man and storage, PLUS parking for the Mini Cooper. Yes, parking! (No more dented fenders, Mini Me.)
It is a bit of a fixer upper, of course -- but you know how I love a project!
I would love to stay in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. No pretense. I love my old Brooklyn neighborhood. But frankly, we are just priced out these days. So it is with the same pioneer spirit that I embarked on Carroll Gardens back when there was just one good restaurant on Smith Street (RIP: Patois), I now head to a new neighborhood with untapped potential -- I'm talking the land of Jackson Heights, Queens, where with the proceeds from my Brooklyn sale I can "trade up" to a 2BR. And have $ leftover for renovations!
And it is going to take a bit of money. The living room boasts an entire wall of mirrors that will have to be removed. The bedroom floors, while gorgeous 1940s oak, are blackened by the ravages of "pet damage". Kitchen and bath, though "recently renovated," were unfortunately updated in "builder beige" (which makes me cry when I see that some of the other available units still have the classic black and white subway tile) and the bathtub was installed carelessly -- with the faucet hanging over the backrest.
If I could advise anyone selling an apartment in Jackson Heights, I would say "do not renovate" if you haven't already. Remove carpeting to expose hardwood floors, remove window air conditioners that block light, remove iron bars on windows, paint in a warm neutral color, and list it for a fair price. Leave the renovations to the next owner. They will have their own ideas, and they will appreciate not having to pay for your renovation.
Sorry, off my soapbox!
These projects do not daunt me. The bones of the apartment are stunning.
With an agreement in place, and the contract going out to my lawyer, I am heading over Tuesday with my contractor to get his estimates and start to plan to, you've got it: