The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 June 2006

Defordable housing

CT finds a bargain New York City rental:

Naturally, all of these one-bed dealios are in the outer boroughs; Manhattan probably has its share (especially counting rent controls), but they tend to not stay vacant long enough to get listed. And bear in mind, what counts is location, not dimensions:

For $1,125 per month, with a month's rent free, everything was brand-new — just really small. The bedroom measured about 10 feet by 12 feet, and the whole apartment was only 350 square feet.

My garage is 290 square feet.

If you can scrape up an extra $25 a month, you can get into this place in Oklahoma City's MidTown — if you can't afford that much, how about a three-bedroom house in Mustang for a thousand or so?

Yeah, I know: "location, not dimensions." I suspect New York real estate exists in some inchoate fourth dimension where there are actually people who can afford to write checks this big for quarters this small. And I have no doubt that it's a wondrous place. Then again, if property taxes are routinely being expressed in scientific notation, it had darned well better be.

Posted at 7:40 PM to Dyssynergy


So how much rent are you asking for your garage?

As I keep reminding everyone, there are certainly social/cultural compensations for the outragous living expenses in the Big Apple. As you know, it's always showtime, here at the edge of the stage (track down that lyric, musicman).

Posted by: CT at 8:24 PM on 4 June 2006

The name of that band is Talking Heads.

If the compensations are adequate, then there's no sense being outraged at the expense. I could see myself doing the Apple; on the other hand, I can't imagine anyone there paying me three times what I'm making now.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:37 PM on 4 June 2006

i've been to nyc, and it was not that impressive. everything was overpriced, overhyped, and overcrowded. the only thing amazing about it is how many people there voluntarily live like canned sardines.

Posted by: hatless in hattiesburg at 8:50 PM on 4 June 2006

Oops. Fixed.

Posted by: Tatyana at 9:21 PM on 4 June 2006

the only thing amazing about it is how many people there voluntarily live like canned sardines.

My theory is that everyone in New York City -- accents and claimed heritage to the contrary notwithstanding -- is from Sardinia.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:10 AM on 5 June 2006

I read that Williamsburg item, and that's a truly lovely broom closet for $700k.

I think the part that hurts is knowing that if it were unlovely and ill-kept and altogether hateful and nasty it would still probably bring $600k.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:37 AM on 5 June 2006

A friend of mine rented that urban townhome. I'm looking forward to checking that view in July.

Posted by: k at 11:38 AM on 5 June 2006