One early place was a duplex with round 875 sq. ft in a 10-year-outdated boutique condominium constructing in Gowanus. The hire was $three,000, and the web itemizing appeared too good to be true. The sunny area included extra extras than traditional: central air-conditioning, a mixture washer-dryer, a balcony, a roof deck, a stall bathe and a separate whirlpool tub.
“It was the kind of apartment that is beautiful before you do any decorating,” Ms. Sikora stated.
But there was a catch: It was really a one-bed room duplex with a big loft area relatively than a second bed room. The loft had a sloping ceiling and no door, only a staircase.
A two-bed room above a motorbike store in Park Slope was greater, with round 900 sq. ft, however once more, the format wasn’t superb.
“The bedrooms were way too unequal,” Ms. Hale stated. The dwelling space was disproportionately giant and the second bed room so tiny it was “better suited to an office or nursery.” And, at $three,495, the hire was above their funds.
A two-bed room in Fort Greene, additionally with round 900 sq. ft, was extra inexpensive at $2,850. But the placement made it impractical. The closest subway, which wasn’t particularly shut, was the G prepare, which doesn’t go to Manhattan. And the buddies had been leery of counting on a single line.
The lofty Gowanus place was by far the best choice. But as a result of Ms. Retzloff had visited so few locations, Ms. Hale took the pair to see yet one more place, for the sake of comparability. This one, on a floor ground in Park Slope, had a again backyard. But there was much less solar and area, and the toilet was drab. And once more, the second bed room was tiny. It was $three,000.
So within the early fall, the 2 signed on for the Gowanus condominium, with Ms. Retzloff taking the lofted room. They paid a dealer’s charge of 1 month’s hire, or $three,000.