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I believe this building had an open house last night. Does anyone have any details?
i saw it. Nice location, but the layouts were weird, unless you like having a closet in your living room.
I'm looking at it with my fiancee tonight and will share my thoughts if time permits
as an FYI--i just got a notice from streeteasy that prices were reduced at this building. it looks like 15k - 20k depending on the unit, although i only took a sample.
cheetah9902--just curious if you had any thoughts assuming you went to visit NV?
cj2008, I saw it a few weeks ago, expecting it to be up there with the better buildings in the immediate area. It's not quite there, though it's certainly better than some of the junk that is out there. Great location, very clean, modern looking building. Units are priced a bit better with the recent cuts (though negotiate if you're interested obviously), and though there are some good layouts, the closets are placed awkwardly, and the AC units are ugly. Definitely would wait and see here, but has potential in the end I think.
I like it but think that its too bad maintenance is so high. i liked the bathrooms, kitchens fairly good though I would have preferred the microwave and refrigerator to be in line with the edge and rialto. i think prices will keep coming down because they seem motivated to sell this one quickly. It doesn't seem as though they will finish in time though there were workers there today (saturday) on our second visit.
I think that this is better priced than others though I agree that some layouts could have been better.
Better act now or they will all be gone.
I went through the whole building, perfect 10.
yeah well its better priced in part because of imperfect layouts.
and in some apts, lack of closet space
This one seems due for a half-year update. 12 listed as sold, out of 40 units. What do people think is going on or will happen here. Rental?
i don't en-vy that developer. drumroll please
lol... yeah I don't NV them either, but I do feel for them. Unlike others, they have made an effort to cut prices (though still too high) and have clearly stated that they'll cover closing costs on TDG website vs. others who are still posturing.
This is an interesting building, for sure. They've fully advertised that they're paying all closing costs now, and have lowered the prices on most units, I believe. I'm guessing more cuts will come, as they seem fairly motivated to move these, or at least get to the point where it's >50% sold, which would give the building a lot more stability. If they get there, I think that seriously lowers the risk of going rental; otherwise, it may be headed down that route. Construction's close to done it seems though, which helps a bit.
I agree, I like their upfront approach. 125 North 10th for example hasn't really lowered prices but instead offers "credits" of 35-50K on "select" units. wtf is that? Either list the price cuts or at least tell us which units get the credit. Leaving aside quality of product/pricing considerations, I know who I'd rather give my business to.
125 North 10th does have the benefit of a lot more signed contracts so far. Their layouts are slightly more appealing too, I think, but not enough to warrant such a difference. Who knows how many will actually close, but yes, their approach is much less refreshing, to say the least.
does anyone have a comment on the construction quality at NV? I'm considering buying, but am not an engineer. my worst fear would be to buy an apartment, then everything starts falling apart.
Overall, I think it is good quality, but, units are overpriced. I bet the seller is willing to discount another 10% off the ask. But, there are some downsides to this bldg. They haven't actually close on any on the units yet. No one is actually moved in.
Something is up.
This building is a DISASTER waiting to happen. I went to contract and dropped out. The Offering Plan makes NO provision for ANY kind of warranty and the question "spaceball" proposes seems naive but is actually quite relevant to this building.
Something is absolutely up with it, something shady, and any decent NYC-based r/e lawyer should pick up on it. NYS law says that if no warranty is outlined, an "implicit" one year warranty exists to protect a buyer from any major defects (http://law.justia.com/newyork/codes/general-business/gbs0777-b_777-b.html). This Offering Plan goes of of its way to say no warranty is given or implied. Get out now!
Are you saying that it's a disaster because they don't have a warranty? Or because it really is of poor quality? Which apartment did you have under contract?
We visited NV over the weekend and liked it (from a superficial standpoint...it's definitely better quality than 129 Metropolitan which we also visited and doesn't require a trained eye to tell that it's already falling apart!). 1A was available and I was told that 3F was available although on all the listings it was "contract out". The agent told me today that they both are now under contract. They have one closed and occupied (6A) and more closings will start soon (June). They told me 23 out of 40 were in contract (now 25 out of 40?)
Prices (1 BR) and location appealed to us. Maintenance, though higher than some, is not unreasonable. The fact that closings are commencing is attractive. We'll see how many contracted units will actually get financing and close.
Anyone out there scheduled for closing?
I won't say which unit I was in contract on. I disagree with your assessment of the building's construction quality. There were floorboard gaps, issues with fit and finish, etc. that I all noticed and was willing to overlook until I saw that there was no warranty. I could not find ONE OTHER CONDO project in Williamsburg that was in no way warranted. Do you want to make such a substantial investment in a building the Sponsor won't stand behind? I wouldn't. I think this project is way overpriced and also, after reviewing their budget, is also way off in terms of common charges. Look out there for other deals, they are there to be had.
I'm in contract, and schedule for closing next month.
Congrats! Except for the color, we liked the building and have been tempted to take the plunge and buy.
How's the financing situation with the building at 50% under contract? Do you anticipate any problems closing?
At least the broker was accurate in his statements.
folks, best thing that can happen is that the developer returns all deposits and turns the place into a rental...just like the future of Warehouse 11.
Parden me folks, I have the wrong building...I though we were talking about the building on Metropolitan...
Which building on Metropolitan? And why do you say that?
150BerrySt are you the developer? i swear that 150 berry llc is the developer.
As far as I know nothing has closed in this bldg.
Actually I visited NV last week and as we toured the roof terrace, we looked into the 6A terrace and saw that someone had moved into the apartment (Clothes strewn around the furniture). A little surprising I admit -- possibly an all cash purchase or a developer's relative?
You are right: 150 Berry is the developer.
I'm not the developer. Sorry, it's just my nickname. hhh
I don't think anyone moved in yet, but heard that, at least, one unit has closed already.
Speaking of closing, my mortgage officer has found some difficulties to find out how many actually sold.
wburgbuyer: Quality is an absolute must especially in a market when property values are dropping. Better built properties will hold their values. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to assess the quality of a building. If the stars align properly, I'll be moving into 80 Met (not to be confused with 129 Met). In my opinion (slightly biased of course), its construction is of very high quality. In constrast, check out the other all brick building nforth 161 N. 4th. A look at the brick work and cement will instantly reveal the difference in workmanship. Whatever you decide, don't compromise the quality. It appears you have already walked away from the deal. But if you have not, like the building, and would like to move forward with the purchase, then you should negotiate to get a warranty in writing. Good luck.
@BillyRes - Already did walk away. NV was unwilling to add language in the rider that made me comfortable.
BillyRes and wburgbuyer:
No doubt quality is a must. Finish quality is important, but more important is the quality of the bones: mechanicals such as furnace, AC, electrical, plumbing; and the foundation and basic frame of the building, stuff that we don't see and stuff I wouldn't know how to judge if I did see it. As my lawyer instructed me a better judge would be an inspector/engineer (which I guess is standard operating procedure?). In terms of a warranty I am definitely worried if it is the standard to have one. BillyRes, what is the warranty stated in 80 Metropolitan?
Please keep us updated how closing is going for you. I'd be interested in what kind of financing terms are available at 50% and how things are actually going for NV. Qualitative judgement is fine if you don't want to give numbers (eg good, bad, shitty). I'm not sure why NV is making it difficult to find out how many are actually in contract, unless they're stalling to get more contracts signed to reach a threshold.
People have moved in.
LookPied, I really want to discuss with you in detail, but I'm very uncomfortable to speak in public regarding somebody's property. I'm also wondering how other people are doing with the their closing. They reached about 75% sold, but what they say "sold" means actually "contract-signed". I'm not sure how your mortgage lender considers that as.
150 Berry St,
No problem. I'll continue to hover and watch. It seems they are at a point where deals can be made as financing may be challenging if not enough apartments are actually "sold". If too many deals fall through the building may be in trouble.
But then there is so-called their "preferred lender". They give you up to 90% financing, but their charges are expensive as you might guess.
Are you still interested in? I can share with you what I've learned so far, but I don't know how.
Financing is not my problem. Just trying to get a feel of the market situation.
I have been in negotiations with NV to buy one of their larger apartments, and quite frankly, I find them very aggressive, and not willing to compromise on anything. i thought this was a buyers market. Also, i think the monthly real estate taxes seem high (60$ with abatement, but approximately 1,200 a month without the abatement). Can anyone provide any clarity on whether or not they think this monthly tax is reasonable for the neighborhood. I noticed that the taxes for 125 N 10th were about half. Feedback is greatly appreciated!!
spaceball, $1200 per month seems inordinately high, unless we're talking about joining two penthouse units or something. I would double check with your lawyer that this is accurate. If it is, you can do much better - most other buildings in the area have taxes under half that amount for ~1000 sqft units, as you suggested.
Spaceball, this IS a buyers market, and you need to show them that you are able to walk away from the deal if it isn't to your liking.
Walk across the street after you threaten to back out, and head over to the new condo opening for emphasis!
My sense is things aren't moving at the high price ranges, certainly anything greater than 600K. If you don't get a deal, walk away and come back in 6 months. I'll bet it still will be available and you can try again. The 1 BR's we have been following had their price reduced a few weeks ago. I sense the developer is under pressure.
Any one here moved in NV? They seem to be doing well. I've noticed also they did give little discounts. Does anyone know more or less how much are their unabated taxes here?
so, it sounds like this place is almost sold out. can anyone give me an idea of how they like the place? pros-cons? etc? aside from the color, which i think is a bit obnoxious unless you're in miami or something, it seems to have decent amenities, floorplans, etc
jerry..what prompted you to make those comments?...how does it compare to w11,the quesiton of the day?...
which one is preferable then?..and why
Jerry, I'd pay more to be further from Sea, not that close to it. It's a zoo on weekends. The only good thing is how cheap the food is. I don't mind NV, but found the units to be on the small side. It did quite well despite getting off to a slow start though.
bjw- maybe some people actually like the smell of pad thai wafting into your apt 24/7...
I like the location of this building and would be interested in renting a 2 bedroom. If anyone has an interest, please let me know. Thanks
Does anyone know if NV is a doorman building? It says it has 'virtual doorman 24hr security'... which means a security camera and/or an alarm sort of things?
It's a remote "doorman service." So you have someone off-site monitoring the building. They can actually buzz in people and deliveries when you're not home. For instance, if you have a UPS delivery, they will buzz in the carrier, instruct him into a secure package room (which is also monitored) and then you will be notified that you have a package. It's not the real deal but better than nothing and keeps the common charges down at smaller buildings. I have it set up so my cleaning lady can have regular access. They have a Web site you can check out to get more info.
Hope that helps.
Thanks for the details prettyponey! How do you like the building? For the tax abatement, how many years are left?
I am also looking at 90 North 5th. Does anyone know if NV or 90 North 5th are offering any incentives? I've heard 2NSP recently offered a 10% off plus covering all closing cost.
Hi Mayeenyc, I looked at 100+ units in the area (including 90 N 5, 125 N 10, 69, 70, 72, 55 Berry, 80 Met, 14 Hope, Rialto, NSP, Edge, Gretsch, Ikon, The Mill, Sevenberry etc. etc.) until I settled on this one. I do like the building and the location very much. But it is a new building so there are still kinks being ironed out. The sponsor is reputable and has been in business for decades so hopefully some of the outstanding items will be resolved soon.
I have to double check but I believe the 15-year tax abatement kicked in mid-to-late 2009.
I believe the sponsor is paying for transfer taxes and they just lowered the prices on the last remaining five units. One would thing he would one to wrap up and move on to his next project.
If you have any more questions, it's probably best to just give me your email address, and I can try to help and provide details.