What to Consider When Searching for an Apartment Rental in NYC

New York City is the largest city in the United States. It is also home to many important businesses on Wall Street, Broadway and beyond. Many people choose to move here for varied reasons, including advancing their career and attending some of the finest schools in the world. If you are thinking of moving to New York, you’ll have to conduct an apartment search. Many apartment rentals are available all over the city. However, you may have no idea where to begin. Here are several essential factors that should be considered when conducting an apartment search:

Your Desired Location

Perhaps the most important factor to think about is the potential location. Ideally, you want to be near your place of business or school you will be attending. You’ll also want to be somewhere safe and, if possible, within walking distance of transit. Many people also look for other important amenities when using an apartment finder. These can include nearby parks, shopping, gyms and parking garages.

The Cost

The costs for an apartment in New York City can vary greatly. In general, you’ll pay more for an apartment in Manhattan than any of the outer boroughs. You will also pay more for an apartment in the northern part of Brooklyn or the Southern part of Queens where it’s easier to get into Manhattan. Some Manhattan neighborhoods are also less expensive than others. For example, an apartment in Washington Heights can be surprisingly affordable.

The Size of the Apartment

New York City apartments vary in size from a tiny alcove studio to private outdoor spaces and multiple large bedrooms. A small studio can be ideal if it’s just you and you plan to spend most of your daylight time elsewhere. A larger space can also work under many circumstances. You might want to consider renting with a roommate to decrease your costs and share the space with good company. In that case, you can opt for a one or even a two bedroom so that everyone has enough space in the apartment. If you have kids, you might need more space. Many apartments in New York City offer special amenities such as roof terraces and play spaces, or even an indoor pool that can help make up for an apartment that is smaller.

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Ex-MLB Star Jim Edmonds and Meghan King Edmonds Sell Their Orange County Home

Jim Edmonds

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Former MLB All-Star Jim Edmonds and his wife, Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds, have finally sold their home inNewport Beach, CA,for $3 million. The house initially went on the market last July for $3.4 million.

If the five-bedroom, 5.5-bath homelooks familiar, you can thank Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise. The 5,534-square-foot home was the backdrop for many compelling conversations between the couple on the popular reality TV show.

The main level features a great room with atwo-story ceiling and fireplace, a formal dining room, a formal living room with fireplace, and an en suitebedroom with a privateentrance.

The chef’s kitchen with high-endappliances features aU-shaped island idealfor dining and conversation. Themaster suite hasa fireplace, spa bathtub, and marble shower.

According to the listing, the home is a beautifully balanced blend of soft contemporary, traditional and modern farm-house elements.

The exterior.


The bathroom.


The living room.


The staircase.


Edmonds played for six teams duringhis 17-year career in Major League Baseball. His glory days were spent with the St. Louis Cardinals, with whom hewon the 2006 World Series. He’s a four-time All Star and an eight-time Golden Glove winner.

Edmonds married Meghan (his third wife)in 2014. She joined the cast of the Orange County housewives franchise in 2015 inthe show’s 10thseason. Together they have a seven-month-old daughter, Aspen. Currently, Jim serves as a baseball analyst for Fox Sports Midwest, and Meghan willdisplayher skills at throwing shadein the upcoming season of Real Housewives.

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New York’s Upside-Down House Is Turning Heads



This property’s peculiar nickname-the upside-down house-made our head spin. We were stillbaffled when we looked atthe listing pictures. The property’s roof isn’t on its foundation, andthe windows don’t openin a different direction.

So why the topsy-turvy moniker?

It’s actually simple. Thanksto the home’s original footprint, the property is built on the side of an embankment. A fair portion of the house is actually located below ground.

To take advantage of the light coming into the house from the upper level, the owners, graphic designer Jade-Snow Carroll and her husband, construction executive Ian Rasch, turnedthe traditional suburban floor plan on its head: living room, dining room, and great room on the upper floor, and bedrooms on the ground floor.

A view of the exterior.


A view of the interior.


The living space is all open, says Carroll. You literally have light from all directions atany time of day, which is really nice. Having the sleeping space downstairs, it’s just kind of cozier. And it seemed a little more darker, so it seemed to make a lot more sense.

Located in Hillsdale, NY,the upside-down house used to be a farmhouse. After Carroll and Rasch acquired the property, they went to work renovating it. They kept the original footprint and focused on the interior.

The outdoor shower.
Outdoor shower


We wanted to bring new life into an old space, says Carroll.

Their amazing transformationis now on the market for $850,000. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house offers2,000 square feet of living space on a 3.1-acre lot.

The home features an open floor plan,a 40-foot saltwater pool, outdoor shower, spring-fed pond, steam shower, wood stove, and soaking tub.

The home overlooks a wooded area.
The home overlooks a wooded area.


The house is also super-insulated, Carroll says. So in the winter it’s really, really efficient, and in the summer it’s also efficient.

Another view of the interior.
Dining area


When I saw it for sale, Carroll recalls, I thought ‘I love the location.’ They knocked down the existing ranch and saved the foundation.

We cut a lot of trees down to make light around the house. And then we went back and we landscaped and planted river birches and redid the driveway. So the property changed drastically, she says.

The home's staircase.


We are very happy with how it all came together, she says.

We’repositive a buyer will see things the same way, even if it doesn’t mean having to live on the roof.

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This week in property management news: June 26, 2017

property management news

Strategic budgeting for property managers; Improving tenant screening process to ensure better tenants; The high cost of rental housing; Tips for writing a bulletproof rental agreement; And, The importance of making smart energy-saving investments.

Strategic budgeting for property managers

National Real Estate Investor discusses common misconceptions of budgeting in property management and how to avoid popular mistakes.

Improving your tenant screening process to ensure better tenants

BiggerPockets shares tips on how to improve your tenant screening process and how it can help to ensure better tenants in the long run.

The high cost of rental housing

Rent is affordable for low-wage workers in only 12 U.S. counties, according to a recent Citylab report. The discrepancy between wages and rent prices is more apparent than ever.

Tips for writing a bulletproof rental agreement

Every property manager wishes for a perfect tenant. Realtor.com provides tips for writing a bulletproof rental agreement that will protect you from worst case scenarios.

A penny spent is a penny earned

Area Development discusses the importance of making smart energy-saving investments in order to reap major long-term savings.

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Most Expensive Home in U.S. Virgin Islands Is a Castle Fit for Royalty

St. Croix


For decades, Countess Nadia de Navarro-Farber cut a larger-than-life figure among New York’s upper crust, donating millions of dollars to philanthropic causes across the city and around the world. The mansion she built on the Caribbean island of St. Croix, known as The Castle, is just as large and audacious as its owner.

Three years after her death, at the age of 98, Navarro-Farber’s 9,500-square-foot, Moorish-style mansion is onthe market for$15 million. It’s officially the priciest property in the U.S. Virgin Islandsright now.

The Castle sits high on a hill above the St. Croix Yacht Club, with views of Buck Island, a 176-acre national monument that remains undeveloped. The house hassix bedrooms and six bathrooms and looks like the gleaming white castles you might find in Morocco or southern Spain, with large archways, domes, and intricate tile work.

Water views from the property


The 102-acre property includes a half-acre marina site, 3acres of beachfront, and an 8-acre commercial parcel. Navarro-Farber bought the commercial parcel after Fairleigh Dickinson University decided to close its West Indies Laboratory for Underwater Research in 1990, afterdamage from Hurricane Hugo.

Master bedroom
Master bedroom


Living room
Living room


Most of therooms featurearched windows, tall ceilings, and smooth stone floors. The living room is anchored by a striking, floor-to-ceiling column shaped like a blossoming flower. Tiered patios look out on the pool and the 90 acres of hillside stretching down to the water. Elsewhere, there’s a three-bedroom gatekeeper’s cottage.

Navarro-Farber completed the Castle in 1989, at the age of 73. She spent four months of the year in St. Croix, and the rest of the year in New York.

Dining room
Dining room


Navarro-Farber was born in 1916 in Bulgaria, at the height of her country’s involvement in World War I. Early in life, she starred in several black-and-white movies and married a Spanish count who served as a diplomat to the Vatican. He died in 1949, and shemoved to New York, where she married real estate developer Sid Farber. Together, the couple built more than 30,000 single-family homes on Long Island, cashing in on Manhattan’s expansion into the suburbs.

Farberdied in 1985, and Navarro-Farber married her third husbandYuri Farber.

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