57 Thompson Street #3B
1 bed•1 bath
Co-op in Soho
301 East 50th Street
4 beds•4.5 baths•3,729 ft²
Condo in Midtown East
Steiner East Villageаt 438 East 12th Street
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There is bad, good and great in every profession. Over the years I have heard horror stories about some contractors and I have met people that had great experiences with theirs. What profession is not like that? Attorneys? Restaurants? Dentists? Presidents? Good and bad. I think the best thing to do is look for recommendations from friends like you would do with anything.
Dean, I am not sure how your conversations went with your potential contractor but maybe he decided he didnt want to take on your project for other reasons.
>The key is find contractors who are hungry for work
you all don't understand. This is not your market. This is the contractor's market. Small jobs, low cost jobs, difficult jobs with landmarks approval - that's your problem. There are better, bigger, more lucrative jobs out there.
30_yrs, why is the onus on the contractor to figure that out day one. Surely deanc who went through all of this: http://streeteasy.com/talk/discussion/32826-really-disappointed-in-sl-benfica-transportation would have known and could have disclosed upfront.
>The New York economy must be doing just fine,
I'm surprised this is a surprise to you.
>Gee uhm thanks…you aren't charging me for wasting my time for 6 weeks. OK Dokey. Thanks I guess…
He didn't waste your time. You could have and should have pursued multiple options. You wasted 6 weeks. Its remarkable you are trying to shame a contractor who refused to take a penny from you.
I guess I have been lucky. I had good experience but I was willing to visit daily. The key is find contractors who are hungry for work or just go with someone who provides full service at an additional cost (guessing 20-30% more). For example, design and build firms.
Deanc, that's pretty much par for the course. I interviewed six general contractors before finding ours. There was the guy who said he was interested, strung me along for three months and then said he had no time, but would be willing to work by the hour, and it would "probably be about $100,000" for his time. (This is way more than the total cost of the finished kitchen.) There was the pair who missed our first two appointments and wanted us to sign a contract which included paying 90% by the time they were at the halfway point, which they would determine. There was the guy who said we should make space in our tiny kitchen by moving our refrigerator in front of the window (which has a great, sunny view.) Another guy who talked down to me and in his late emails kept referring to my kitchen job as a bathroom. At one point I got frustrated and went to a kitchen renovation store, layout in hand, and the idiot first suggested moving my gas range up against a wall (I guess she thought I didn't use skillets on the right hand burners and liked the excitement of flames by the window.) When I said I wanted to stick to my original, two-years-in-the-planning layout, she eliminated all of my kitchen drawers in order to make the blind cabinet big enough for fancy swing out shelves. Oh, and did the math wrong on her measurements. I finally found someone who answered my calls and emails in a timely manner and gave an honest estimate of how long the job would take. He did good work, but frankly, by that time, I just wanted it DONE.
To provide a few more details: Seller is on the board so they knew what was needed in the board package. We submitted a complete board package and were told (by sellers) it might be better to provide a little less information next time (we provided everything asked for and nothing more, nothing less) and also directly implied that we should leave some details about ourselves off the application.
Board member decided he wanted it after it went into contract? Maybe but I think doubtful. I just had this happen after we submitted a cash offer above ask(Park Ave). Insider knocked on sellers door and made a deal is what I was told. It happens...
"a board member wants this apartment" works towards self dealing but against discrimination.
Everyone's knee jerks in a different direction, because the word that jumped out at me was "FSBO." No seller's agent, selling shareholder is communicating directly with the management company, only one set of eyes on the package ... it might well be discrimination, which is why I advised OP to call 311, but then again, it might be a screw-up somewhere else that no one sees or wants to acknowledge.
The fact that the apartment is renovated to the nines lends credence to the "a board member wants this apartment" narrative too -- but without seeing the application it's tough to say.
This may sound a bit silly, but have you GOOGLED yourselves? Boards definitely are doing it.
The Burkhardt Group
Ceiling height tends to be one of the most misrepresented metrics and has been that way for decades. Ceilings over 9 feet tend to look higher than they actually are so people don't bother measuring and just overstate. One of the easiest ways to make a better estimate is to look at a doorway and using the standard door height of 6'8" estimate how much higher the ceilings actually are than that.
I am a broker who took a client to this unit and wanted to say that this unit is very misrepresented in this listing. The ceilings are not 14 feet, tax is higher than stated here, there are lot lined windows which will soon be blocked, and seller is listing this unit with different unit numbers for some reason (it was previously listed as 8CC). It looks like a homeless shelter, has not been touched or cleaned in the last 20 years, so think twice before taking any clients to this unit.
anyone considering replying to deanc should read how he treats other contractors who are honest but who he disagrees with: http://streeteasy.com/talk/discussion/41826-nyc-contractors-must-be-doing-just-fine
Just be aware that you will probably have to use structural steel from parapet to parapet to create a framework to drop the pavers into/onto.
I'm looking for someone to build a 10x24 stone paver deck with metal frame that looks like this. ( http://www.brownstoner.com/forum/#!/general-discussion:stone-paver-deck photo here)
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I just wanted to confirm that it wasn't just the extra square footage involved with the wider frontage because as you point out there is an extra premium involved with that. Especially when you get above 20 feet. There is a very large premium when you get up to 25 footers.
deeka, market is flooded with supply at high end. $9mm or even $8mm handle will move it. FYI, they bought for $3mm and probably spend $2.5mm reno/expansion + 1mm on carrying/debt cost over 3 years. So they are in for $6.5mm-$7mm max.
I am saying that the other one sold was 16 foot. Same depth, will give much bigger square footage. In addition, there is a premium for wider frontage. Hence estimating appx 15%.
300_mercer: where are you coming up with "this one is 18 foot wide (15% premium overall) "?
300_mercer, they had an open house and I happen to be walking on the street, so I checked it out. Certainly top of the line appliances and finishes, but I agree that the price needs to come down to a 9 handle before it moves. right?
Five apartments out of 195 doesn't seem high to me at all. 12EF is listed twice, along with 12E and 12F. That's two apartments, not four.
Anyone know anything about this building? Seem to be a lot of apartments for sale.
I’m planning to sell my home. Before that it needs to be renovated. Otherwise I won’t be getting a better price. I bought this building before 2 years and I hadn’t lived there. It’s a 50 year old building and was left unoccupied for years but still it’s doors, windows and all other wooden works remain in a good condition but the problem is with the bathrooms and kitchen. I need to renovate both. I’ve done some researches and gathered some ideas regarding this. I’ve gone through a blog ( http://www.avonlearenovations.com/blog/home-renova...tips-for-a-beautiful-bathroom/
) related to bathroom renovation and there they mentioned about the sharing of space but I didn’t get it. Can anyone make this idea clear. Do anyone of you guys have made this practical? Please help me
NWT, always has the answer. Thanks so much!
Original plans are at http://nyre.cul.columbia.edu/projects/view/17462
This was a 102 unit rental building converted into 60 condos. The address is the same but I doubt the prior floorplans will be of much use.
Does anyone have a link to the original floorplans for 737 Park Avenue? The remodeled floorplans look so awkward, I wanted to compare them to the original, but couldn't find them in the Pease & Elliman book. Did the address change after the renovation? Is this a newer building? Any information would be helpful. Thanks!
Some strange numbers in that article such as, '...the growth in median gross rent in New York City was more moderate, increasing by just 3.1 percent from $1,278 to $1,317.' How the heck is median rent only $1,317 per month? I guess that includes all the regulated housing?
In a skewed distribution the median is often further towards the "fat side" than the mean. It definitely is affected by skewness and if anything skeweness towards the high end would bring the median up.
This has to be viewed by neighborhood, and by income.
because median is not affected by skew. see formula for median. only average rent will rise.
I don't buy thins. If "The rental development that’s being added to the housing stock is skewed towards the upper half of the rental market" how do you have the median rent not increasing?
building landlord is being sued for regular scumbag landlord tactics
Would echo eit222's comments. Have lived here for 3 months now and have been super impressed with staff, both on a personal level (knew our names and apartment number within a few days of moving in) and responsiveness to problems. Live in a dog park facing unit and there are no noise issues at all, maybe they replaced the windows at some point in the last few years. Also, our unit has great finishes as well (strip flooring, decent cabinetry, great appliances), but I understand that varies unit by unit and I'm not quite sure the methodology on deciding which units get upgraded and which don't.
Currently living at Tribeca Green. Staff is incredible, very friendly and always helpful. The apartment was completely renovated/upgraded before we moved in, so I'm assuming the finishes mentioned in the reviews were what existed before. The only issue I have with this building is that there is no roof deck. It's crazy to me that a building with views of the Hudson wouldn't have a roof deck! There is even a garden on the roof that for some reason, residents don't have access to? Throw a couple of chairs up there so everyone can enjoy!
I just looked at some apartments there and found it disappointing. The halls and common areas are showing a lot of wear and things look a bit run down. The quality of fininshes in the units could be much better - do those parquet wood floors and cheap kitchen cabinets have anythig green about them? The newer green buildings like the Verdesian seem to look better and have many more advantages. One plus with Related - you can charge your rent!!
Well maintained, green building. The staff is super professional and friendly. Lots of young families in the building, great facilities for kids in the neighborhood. I would highly recommend it.
It's hard to tell but I'm not sure that last transaction was an actual arms length sale and not between related parties.
Buyer has to shell out.
Wait, someone bought it last December at 8.8m. Now they're just trying to get 9m.
Does the cost of construction come with the purchase? Or does the buyer have to shell out on top of just buying the land with a plan???
No harm in trying as approved plans increase the actual square footage without spending $500-$700 per sq ft for the increase in the square footage (not talking reno which may be a bit cheaper).
If you are even thinking about rewiring just do it. In comparison to the total construction cost it's not that much and then you will have it done. Skim coating the walls afterwards will probably cost as much as running the new wiring.
In your case, since you have already decided on an apartment and plan on doing renovations, you should just bring in your general contractor to look at the electrical panel. He/she will be able to determine if the unit needs to be re-wired and give you a quote on that part of the renovation. If you have not yet decided on whether to purchase the apartment, you should have a pre-contract home inspection to assess the general integrity of the apartment and figure out what work needs to be done. They will look at plumbing, electrical, floors, walls, windows, fixtures, appliances and mechanical systems, as well as the building’s roof and boiler (if they are granted access to those areas). It is usually well worth it to hire a home inspector, even for a co-op or condo purchase in a staffed building.
Digs Realty Group
Bring in a contractor and ask that the super be present. The super will know what needs to be done and where things are behind the walls. Some buildings will require you to update electric and plumbing when you renovate, the managing agent can provide that info.
I have an apartment in a very similar situation (50s building, needs a new bathroom, floors) - I've been using an architect, but don't underestimate the amount of work, time, and money this is likely to take.
For example, those floors... you'd think it's easy enough to rip them out and replace them, right? Depending on who you ask, they'll tell you there may or may not be asbestos glue, will suggest going over the top of what's there to avoid the issue, etc. Also, you'll find it very difficult to get straight answers from anybody (including an architect), about what permits will be required and how much they will cost, as a lot of it depends on the building.
Looking to buy a coop in a building built in the 1950s. It doesn't need a complete gut renovation, but needs a new kitchen, refreshed bathroom, and the hardwood floors are in poor shape. Also, I want to add a wall.
What I'm really afraid of is major work needed to modernize the electrical system.
Given that I'm going to renovate much of the unit, do I need a pre-purchase inspection? If so, do I need an architect ($$$) or okay to get an general inspector?
Looks very luxurious with lots of amenities. I read an article saying they are discounting 5% to list price right now to get things moving given the state of the luxury market, so keep that in mind if you are thinking of putting in an offer. You could probably negotiate more aggressively as well.
Any thoughts on this building? It is a 83 unit building with an additional 21 middle income units on the 3rd and 4th floor.
I guess dont buy it then
This is a sponsor unit and they couldn't be bothered to do any renovation at all? I thought that's what sponsors did? And that "children's playroom" doesn't exactly look inviting.
Does anyone whether 1175 York will allow dogs for new owners? We keep getting different answers from brokers, and we have a dog. Thank you!
It appears the Enclave also originally sold at bottom of market in 2009/2010 as well.
ok if you want to nitpick about the azure...the bottom of the market in manhattan was 15% or so in new developments. My point is that there are dozens of units surrounded by "projects" in Chelsea, harlem even the upper west side. That is manhattan real estate. Take advantage of the current glut in new development and buy something. the glut will be gone in 18 months - 3 years . I am glad I bought in 2013, I cant afford the new developments that are going up now 3 blocks from me
Since you like to cherrypick I will return the favor by only focusing on the Enclave in Chelsea which is next to a huge project in chelsea
Actually a lot of the Azure resales are taking big price chops and may lose money. But that's separate issue because it's a land lease building which I think scares away a lot of buyers. Also Kalahari etc sales occurred at bottom of the market, buying now near recent market peak anywhere may not lead to such large gains in a few years.
azure is a land lease coop. i think still not sold out.
I remember when the enclave and azure were being built and the haters would come on and babble about being surrounded by projects. The same thing for developments like the Kalahari or anything in west harlem. Now those buyers are sitting on huge profits. Actually anyone who bought a condo in manhattan anywhere is sitting on huge profits.
Fact- only 30% of the housing in manhattan is available for purchase. That is not going to change. It is a global city whose buyers v rental numbers are the best in the world when it comes to long term investment.
Purchasing now in east harlem nearcentral park will likely result in a very wise decision in 6 -10 years. Just look at any other neighborhood in manhattan for proof
This type thing doesn't happen in C0lumbia C0unty.
It will be a higher and bigger building. If you give us the address I will give you a better answer.
It seems there's an empty lot next to this building. What's is going to be built there, and when?
I rented with Glenwood in their building in East Harlem Hampton Court.....the building had all the positives other than its across the street up and down from tenements..making walking home from the busstop at nite scary..they had a car service for free to get one to 86th street which was great..however at the start of my application i had to to pay a rental agent on site as well as two cashiers checks for 4000.00 each, as well as vein referred to an Insurance agent as my credit rating was 590..so i had to payup to Insurent I believe another 4000. they get onmos all this while selling my coop downtown.......then I had to cancel my lease........in four mos. I still do not know how much money I lost.........
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Hi. I read good things about the management at Brittany. But it was some years ago. Any comments please from current residents on how good the managers and staff there are? Anything that I should be aware of before I sign the lease?
Building is in a CRA development zone. We were offered a Home Run loan from Citi which allows up to 90% financing, no PMI and up to $5,000 in closing costs