Last week, a renter wrote to us about her search for Manhattan apartments. We thought she raised some good points about the problems of searching for Manhattan apartment rentals. Take a look…
I currently live in Brooklyn apartment, and I am looking to move uptown. I just recently had a book
published, and the advance I received is more than enough for me to get a classy, new place. I thought about staying in Brooklyn, but I think I like the idea of being closer to the center of everything. My budget is not limitless, so I have to be careful when on the hunt for apartments for rent in Manhattan.
A few weeks ago I went to look at this fantastic place that was located in Harlem. It was in a renovated brownstone and it had all of the bells and whistles. I think like most people I had a bad view of this area of the city, but I see that it has grown a lot in recent years. The only issue I had with the brownstone is that it was a bit out of my price range. I tried to talk to the owner about negotiating the price, but he would not budge at all.
The next place I looked at was on 32nd street. This place was okay, but I didn’t like the fact that the unit did not have a lot of natural lighting. Of course I could go out if I really wanted to have direct sunlight, but I feel that I should get that for the price that I am willing to pay. There are too many apartments for rent in Manhattan for me to settle for something like that.
The next two places I looked at were absolutely perfect. I am having a hard time trying to decide which one I want. They are both a few blocks from Times Square, in high-rise buildings and within my target price range. There are a lot of amenities offered by each one, and that is why I am having a difficult time trying to decide. I am supposed to go see them both again next week, because my husband should be a part of this decision.
I am not sure if he will like either of my choices. If not, I will continue looking at apartments for rent in Manhattan until I find the right one.
Thank you Ms. Montalvo for writing to us about your search and good luck with the sales of your book. The issue that you raised is one that many people would like to have – how to select the right apartment when you have choices. You seem to be all over the place in terms of what you want. First, you’re interested in a Harlem brownstone then you’re interested in a modern high rise in the heart of the City with lots of amenities. It sounds to me like either apartment would work for you, so the real choice is neighborhood. Forget about everything else. Just try to envision yourself in both locations. Which one will you enjoy more? Which one is more convenient for you? Which location lets you have the lifestyle you’d like to enjoy? When you answer those questions, you’ll know which apartment to rent. And thank you for your letter.