Living in New York City has it's own set of challenges unique to different neighborhoods and boroughs. Yes, sometimes it is irritating to live in the city, some say it is too loud, or not enough action. Some say living close to where you work is the best gift you give yourself, while others say having some space is better for the soul, otherwise you are always at your office if it is too easy to get there. If you love the Opera, Broadway, and the myriad of entertainment options then living within walking distance of these venues is the ticket for some, while again, others claim that is not worth the extra rent you pay each month for a smaller sized unit. To each his or her own as far as where to live in New York. We all tend to gravitate to own best Neighborhood after putting in some serious New York living time. Case in point.... when we first moved to New York it was for my spouse's work. He felt that that he needed to be close to his office because of his early hours. So we began our adventure in Astoria, close to Steinway and below Hoyt Avenue. We had a fourth floor walk up and a two bedroom apartment. (one room fit a blow up twin mattress, and the other a blow up queen mattress, and nothing much else. The living room was the size of love seat and folding table and the "eat in kitchen" had room for two tv trays to serve as a dinning area. No laundry in the building, and only water and heat included. It was a hard thing to shell out that $1250.00 a month for such a small place. Afterall, we had a 5000 sq foot house on a 1/3 an acre in another state that was a 1975.00 house payment. The shock of the New York City life was hard to swallow at first.
But, as all things New York go.... you find out what is a good deal, what isn't, where is a great place to eat, and where to avoid. You find your best places to visit when you need some alone time, and you figure out where you want to live, and how that should look.
Our second place was not on a fourth floor walk up, and had more space, a duplex actually. But, it was close to 30th Avenue in Astoria, which was super convenient, close to shopping and trains, but also close to those late night eateries and our street level apartment was a great hangout for those walking home, chatting and laughing and in their party mood, which didn't help our sleep, or our moods very much. We then moved to another place in Astoria, at the other end of 30th Ave. It was farther to the train, but it wasn't noisy there. We had a top floor 3 bed 2 bath apt with a balcony in a three family, and at 2600.00 felt it was a great deal! (See how the conception of housing costs changes the longer you live in the city?) Convenience equals dollars, so there are trade offs you consider. We enjoyed our stay in this part of Astoria, and then we had family start moving in with us. Looking for a larger home, we ventured over to East Elmhurst, and found a three storied home with a garage and dedicated parking. At 3800.00 a month it was a deal! (there was laundry, that convenience had a dollar value, and no more offside tickets for not moving the car)
We enjoyed our Queens time immensely and found ourselves in good neighborhoods, and made friends with our diverse neighbors. You would think that we would stay put... but when my work place changed locations, it was suddenly a very long commute, and the distance to the train and waiting for a bus was not as desireable as it had been. That was when we started looking in the Brooklyn area. I had sold numerous properties to buyers in the area, and helped several sellers successfully find buyers, so when I realized that not only was my bulk of real estate tranferring in Brooklyn, and that it was in actuality closer to my Manhattan Offices it was a no brainer to find a place that fit us perfectly in Brooklyn.
The wonderful thing about living in Brooklyn is the sense of community that seems to be a part of all the neighborhoods. Whether you find yourself in BedStuy, or Williamsburg, or in Clinton Hill; there is something that will find your attention, and speak to you and whisper, "HOME" in your ear. That is charm of Brooklyn blocks.
With that in mind I am so pleased to bring to market this amazing 2.5 bedroom coop home in Clinton Hill. It is not only convienent to the C/A train lines, or the G line, it is within walking distance of the best shopping and food hopping in the area. Schools are blue ribbon winners, Neighborhood gardens flourish in the spring and summer, playgrounds fill with the sound of happy children, neighbors run in the early hours or evening without worrying about bumper to bumper traffic. There are sounds of church bells on the weekends, and green spaces aplenty where you can rest and rejuvinate, take your dog for a walk or a run, and grab a coffee and congregate with your friends and family. Community speaks your name in Clinton Hill.
The coop has 31 units, and the main entrance is on Clinton Ave. The property spans the entire width of the block onto Waverly Ave. This borderline is formed by several one car garages, which belong to certain apartments in the coop. And yet, Apt B does include a garage of it's very own. There is a private locked gate that will open onto a shared coop space. It is a peaceful place, grassy and lined with trees. In the summer you'll find a picnic area and BBQ, and plenty of space to enjoy with your friends, family, or cat. No dogs allowed at this coop.
Adjacent to the elevated yard, there is a walkdown courtyard that is the entrance to the home. The only door on this side of building is your private entrance to an eclectic modern kitchen. The Living area is open to kitchen and provides a great entertaining space with access to the courtyard for alfresco dining as well. To the left of the apartment is a newly modernized bathroom, and KING sized bedroom and storage closet, to the back of the living area you have a bonus area that is presently used as an office and creative space. It could also be walled off for a guest room as well. The second bedroom is adjacent to this area and fits a queen bed well.
If you exit the back door of the apartment, it leads down a hallway to the laundry room and bike storage area, so you have no stairs, or elevators to deal with when you want to take care of laundry.
The garage that is part of this apartment has a pull-up door on the Waverly Ave street, so you never have to worry about offside parking, or finding a place to park. If you don't have a car, it is perfect for bike storage, or stoller storage, or storage-storage. You could have a "craft cave" if you aren't into cars as well. It has power and is fully secured with lock and key.
This spacious apartment is ready for you to make your new home in Brooklyn. It is the kind of space that I spent almost four years looking for and numerous leases before finding. Save yourself the headache, just get the best Brooklyn home right off the bat! We invite you to our open houses, to bring your dream of home ownership with you and let us show you how We can Make Coming Home Happen for you!