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When I was looking to relocate from San Francisco, I looked at an apartment in the Ansonia the size of one of my closets here. It had a huge, beautiful bathroom, and the main room had obviously been a foyer. When leaving, I saw a roach in the kitchen that was beyond belief. I think you guys calls them water bugs, but I call them HIDEOUS. I'm terrified of bugs, but this one really took the cake. If anyone is afraid of bugs, and from the stories I've read even here in our papers about the Ansonia and the roach problem, BEWARE.
I lived there for 4 years. I've heard of roaches even though I never saw any, but I had two cats so maybe that's why...
I did well financially on the place I owned. The taxes and common charges are very low compared to other condos in the neighborhood.
Yes, there was scaffolding and other work done at various times. A couple of times there was an assessment, but nothing unreasonable.
I thought it was a great place to live. (I am in a house in Westchester now)
Hi, Any recent developments on the roaches?
I am currently a tenant and it is important that you know that there are roaches in this building, they are huge ones and small ones. We don't see them everyday because we keep the apart very clean but we already got infested at some point, and we see some from time to time especially in the summer.
We are looking to buy a place and this is the reason why we will never buy in this building....
Love the thick walls and floors. Extremely quiet.
My two cents:
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Licensed Real Estate Broker
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@Squid......because although the broker wants a nice fast commission check.....its not going to be the best offer for the vendor.
When I sell a property I want the purchaser to gulp and go hmmm am I over paying here.....that's when you know the vendor got the highest offer.
Why not? Especially in this market...
Why not, if there's an acceptable offer on the place?
We saw our now-apartment at the first open house, which was packed (60+ parties). We met with the broker after the last party had left, made an offer the next morning, and gave the seller 24 hours to respond. Given the interest in the apartment, we did not want our bid to be shopped.
Two other parties did bid (I believe this; I confirmed it through multiple sources), and one more was supposed to be submitting a bid. When 24 hours elapsed, the seller asked for more time to review the bids that had come in. We told him he could sleep on it, but we wanted an answer by 9 a.m. I imagine, if the broker did his job, that the other bidders were asked for a best and final about 36 hours after the first open house.
Really? Come on, people...
all 7 in a contract.... within one month .... it means all 7 units were underpriced
Yes , it is!
2 br 2 ba was priced 630-700k in 2008 , and now its 950k-1.19 mln in Harlem!
But isn't this in Harlem?
Within 1 month 6 apts went into the contracts.....
299 W 12th is a very nice building. No problems with the views, as NativeRestless has described.
I have relatives living there. No problems-- they are happy there.
Ricardo, not to worry about 299 W 12th. First of all its a whole avenue block away from where St Vincents used to be so there will be no impact its views. Secondly, the St Vincent's project didn't happen. The hospital was forced to close and super luxury condos are being developed on the hospital site. I agree that 299 is a really gorgeous building, I have never been inside but I grew up around the corner and it was definitely "aspirational".
I agree a2deuce, 175 should benefit from the new development, the new park, and the new lenox hill urgent care facility. time to get in is pobably now
One of my favorite buildings is 299 west 12th. Do you think this building will lose its magnificent views or desirability with the above-described hospital project? With that lovely little park across the street, none of the front facing units would, but how about the back? I remember seeing a beautiful alcove studio there, but it was on the back, and as gorgeous as the London Terrace development is, it looked like a huge prison from that vantage point.
It's owned by Con Ed, and isn't covered by the main building's landmark designation. You could safely assume that they'll eventually either develop it themselves or sell it off.
Anybody know what's going on with the parking lot across the street? Any developments in the works for that space?
My client purchased two apts that we converted in the building and she loves it, as a contractor we get to know the people who run the buildings pretty well and they have been great. Very nice people
MY apt. 8C is on the market for $799,000. It is a new gut renovated junior four, convertible two bedroom with balcony.
Any other negatives you'd care to share about the building? How's the sale going on your unit?
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latest price increase can be seen only for units that are not in a contract yet ,
price was not updated for units already in the contract...
but sales are slowing... new pricing is somewhat expensive for the harlem
Looks like not all the latest price increases are on Street Easy yet.
Last I have is they're still planning to start the closings in October;however, they are at the mercy of DOB at the end of the day.
Anybody has any updates regarding this building?
$605 was a great number for that unit. Too bad we didn't know soon enough.
is this building on a land lease?
Why are there so many units for sale right now?
The finances are excellent and the maintenance, at about $1.75/per ft, is completely acceptable and within the city's median range. There is currently a $27.00 fuel surcharge in place over the winter months, but not assessments.
How are the finances of this building? The main/cc appear to be slightly on the higher side. Are there any assessments in place?
Condos are exempt from the Rent Stabilization Code except when they
are occupied by carry-over stabilized tenants who lived in the condo on
the date it was converted from a rental building
you will not
Is there a way to tell or figure out if a new construction will fall under rent stabilization rules? Looking to purchase a new condo in one of the outer boroughs (in a small building, looking at ones with 8-12 units), and am wondering, should I eventually own to rent, if the unit will be subject to RS. Anyway to tell before the new construction is finished or before I purchase?
Thank you for any help! :)
rockrock, NYC Fire Code section 307.5 has what you need. In short: grill needs to be 10 feet from anything combustible (including the building) and you need a garden hose or portable fire extinguisher nearby.
Hey I have a natural gas line to my penthouse terrace. Am I good to go with a gas grill? I want to be legal
And I had a small grill too, with a 2 lb tank, and still felt plenty dangerous when it caught fire
Im sure it means all propane tanks "up to" 20 pounds.
The difference is it's easier to sneak in a 2 pound tank, fits in your pocket practically.
they reference 20# propane tanks, but are the little camping ones also illegal?
When do you "report abuse?" When this ridiculous huntersburg person opens his mouth again? Whoever said "don't feed the trolls" regarding him was correct. He seems to feed off the provocation he tries to stir up. In the other forum, he asked me what I was going to do. Answer: stop communicating with huntersburg and leave his comments where they belong: hidden.
I'm reasonably new here, too, and am unclear about the hidden comments as well. When you "unhide" them, it's understandable why some people have been banished. (But by whom? By public vote, when you click "Ignore this person?")
But there are some regulars who are hidden that always seem to comment generously and intelligently, so I don't get the criteria.
I've been on this site for a few years and started a few discussions, but I have never understood this: what is going on when some comments are hidden? Is this moderated, and someone is deciding which comments to hide?
Also--if people start hurling insults here, will they get booted off the site? Or is one free to insult other commenters? Just asking, having just been called an idiot on another thread.
I was tempted to reply in kind but don't want to lose commenting privileges. And I am not here to demonstrate my superior intelligence by ridiculing others, I am here to ask questions and get answers. For which I find this site tremendously useful. And I have to say, there were a number of very helpful answers to my question, and only one person who seemed intent on sarcasm and ridicule.
uhm if someone does this successfully I'd really like to see it.
we've combined 3 apartments in an 8 (originally) so that there are now only 6 apartments.......did it change the tax bill NOPE.
anyone actually done this and saved money before?
When you change the number of units, you change the rental buildings the city uses as comparables to your co-op. The city's site says: "We use a statistical model as a tool to find typical income and expenses for similar properties to yours (in terms of size, location, number of units and age). Then we apply a formula to the income data to get to your Market Value. The law requires that we value co-ops and condos as if they were a rental buildings, even though they are not income producing."
Problem is, reducing the number of units -- making the average unit larger in the calculations -- could work against you.
The co-op needs to hire a tax certiorari lawyer to decide whether it's worth pursuing. You'd pay a percentage of the taxes saved.
I was reading another post and someone mentioned that building taxes can be lowered in co-ops if apartments are combined.
Is this true? And if so, How would I get my co-op to try and apply for reduced taxes? 6 of the 22 units will be combined (therefore 19 total units) after a current sale goes through.
Pin drop quiet location..... - http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/realestate/above-the-brooklyn-heights-promenade.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0
hmmm are they hoping a buyer wont notice the BQE??
This situation seems really unfortunate. I wish everything in life were more straightforward. Maybe the government could regulate this, start by setting the prices and the standard apartment sizes that are allowed.
1. please lighten up a bit
2. it is often impossible to know whether there really is a second bidder
3. I went through something similar to what ljr's friend experienced just this
past week until the broker began making inconsistent claims, at which
point I dropped the deal (as a possible buyer)
ljr, don't feed the trolls. Huntsie is on Ignore for a reason.
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Is this building noisy with all the construction going on?
83rd and York, too far from the MTS to be meaningful with the unknown exception of smell. For most of Yorkville not directly across from the new facility, the only real mystery is the midsummer olfactory experience.
I think there may be marginal increased traffic here. Technically, trucks are only meant to use major routes until they get close to the facility. i.e. 1st Ave, 2nd Ave and 86th, 96th street. Overall, I think the impact will be close to zero.
Any thoughts on negative effects of garbage dump on 83rd and York? Thanks
Where the garbage transfer facility will be located is really at the edge of Yorkville. There is a small section nearby with nice rental buildings, on York Avenue in the low 90's near Asphalt Green which could very well be affected by the garbage facility. What's nice about that area of York, besides Carl Schrz Park, is that it is much less congested than are Second and Third Avenues in the high 80's/low 90's, but York is currently far from the subway, the 6 line. 86th Street seems to be a little nicer than it used to be- slightly more upscale stores and places to eat such as Shake Shack and Two Little Red Hens (off 86th). Whole Foods on East 87th and 3rd is a very positive sign, near Carnegie Hill with different product than Fairway. Living on Second Avenue now is a big mess now with noise and construction. Yorkville is a busy area, full of lots of young people as well as professionals of all ages. There are some luxury buildings mixed in more middle income buildings.
nnj ...of the same size and scale?
I'm generally positive on the location more broadly defined. I live on York. However, I'm just not too keen to move to York between 90th and 92nd. All other things being equal, if it goes ahead, this will not be good for valuations in this immmediate neighborhood.
I'm still keen to understand how many trucks are due each day and how they will get to this location. Will they predominantly come from the south? Will they come up 1st, 3rd or York?
Daisy.... I agree that bidding wars are occuring. I'm pretty sure it's not the Jamba Juice, Pinkberry and Starbucks. Aside from Fairway, I'm pretty sure that whole 86th street shopping area is a net negative. 3rd avenue in the 70s and 80s is a different story.
A low floor no balcony and such a high price????
Twenty years ago I lived directly across the street from the construction of a 44 story building. Some days there was so much noise you couldn't talk on the phone or hear the TV. Dust came into the window sills even when the windows were closed. Cracks appeared on the wall of the stairwell. On the plus side, there were lots of hunky construction workers that were way better to watch than TV. Also, it was an old building with a roach problem. As soon as they started blasting, the roaches took off and never returned.
Just curious - is the 23 E 22nd project back on, and that's why the the sellers at 21 E 22nd are in such a rush to get out?
if the bldg doesnt block views, it will increase the value of your apt.
once apts start moving at 1 mad and this bldg at 2x to 3x $psft what they trade at 21 e 22, your apt will perform better than it would have were there no new pricey bldgs on your block.
rel val increase
Having lived through construction of a much smaller neighboring building, I can tell you that the construction period will not be fun.
The demolition of the current building will be pretty uncomfortable - even if they are considerate. The noise and the dust/dirt will be a problem for a period of weeks or months, just from that phase. Of course, you'll have to keep you widows closed for the duration, and you won't be able to see through the dirt on them for a few years.
Likely one lane of traffic/parking will be blocked off. This block will go up as soon as demolition starts and will probably remain for quite some time even after the building is complete - which could be what, 16-20 months? In our case the traffic lane was blocked 1.5 years AFTER the building exterior was completed. You'll have many loud trucks/delivery vehicles, cranes. Those working on the building will use the remaining spots on the street as their own personal parking lot, and will double/triple park when none are available.
The actual construction of the building isn't that bad - a bit of noise while the cranes are lifting concrete, but that wasn't awful.
Once they start, it will take over your block for a few years - make no mistake. If you do buy, be ready!