Apartment hunting in New York City {part one}

 

With today being the first day of May, not only are the last blossoms on the trees and green leaves are sprouting everywhere, the sun is shining more as well and New Yorkers are fully enjoying walking around the city - gourmet coffees in hand. 

Besides this Spring behaviour, something else is happening around the city - the season to hunt for an apartment is full on. Everywhere I walk, I spot moving trucks, realtors with potential clients and weekends are planned around open houses. When I say 'apartment hunting' I mean it literally - it's not an easy task to find the right place in any given city.

In New York it truly is game on

I'm working on a "How to find an apartment in NYC" post with more ins and outs - in case you are planning to move here as well (yeah!). In the mean time, our search is on again and we are looking in our neighborhood for home number ten. That's how many houses we have lived in as a family (if you are a new reader, have a look here). We came here one year ago with only our bag packs (right after our world trip) and while looking for a place here in Brooklyn to settle down, we experienced it all - the good, the bad and the OMG moments. And even though we love living in our old wonky brownstone apartment, there are some issues and with so many people moving in and out of their apartments, I'm working on getting us in something similar again. 

With a busy and quick moving rental market, this is not going to be easy (or cheap). On top of that, apartments here are small - as in XS size. Nevertheless, I truly enjoy doing this; I'm searching online (for hours), calling realtors and asking anyone we know if someone is moving - you never know right? And with each visit to another potential apartment, which then turns out to be crappier than the first one, the search does get a bit harder. But that's the name of the game here - just keep looking and be quicker with your application then the other interested person.

So I'm keeping my fingers crossed and my Nikes ready to walk to the next one...

 

~to be continued...

 

NYC apartment hunting: Beautiful floor, but this one was too small and too close to the motorway...

NYC apartment hunting: Beautiful floor, but this one was too small and too close to the motorway...

NYC apartment hunting: The one that got away - Quirky, high ceilings and gorgeous trees outside. We were just too late, so a new home for someone else...

NYC apartment hunting: The one that got away - Quirky, high ceilings and gorgeous trees outside. We were just too late, so a new home for someone else...

NYC apartment hunting: My fellow hunting New Yorkers, up we go to the next one... 

NYC apartment hunting: My fellow hunting New Yorkers, up we go to the next one...