Well folks, I made a decision. You may recall from my last post that I was deciding between three apartments, since my lease at The Gate is up at the end of June. Just to recap, here were the choices:
- Option 1: Stay in Battery Park City and pay $200 more, per month, in rent.
- Option 2: Sign a lease on a large, well-priced 1BR apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn that boasts some nice outdoor space.
- Option 3: Save some money by moving back up to Harlem, where the rent at my old place (Riverton) is now around $1400/month.
Painful as it is to leave our beloved Battery Park City, we just could not justify paying $2050/month for a studio (call us crazy!). And since Agent Owens and I had decided to leave Harlem a mere 14 months ago, we felt like we just weren’t ready to go back yet. That said, the decision has been made to go with the apartment in Clinton Hill!
Trust me, over the course of the weekend there was plenty of bellyaching on my part about the fact that I didn’t know which option to pick. I think Agent Owens was prepared to break up with me if I uttered the whiny phrase, “I just don’t knoooow what to doooooo!” one more time. It’s hard to give up living in an area you love so much, and it’s equally hard to pass up a chance to pay $1400/month in rent, for a large 1BR. But still, I was being a little bit Scarlet O’Hara.
Fortunately, for everyone involved, the decision needed to be made relatively fast. I have to tell The Gate whether I’m staying or leaving, by tomorrow. And, I needed to submit an application on the Clinton Hill place ASAP, if I was going to go that route. Time was a-tickin’.
In the end, we chose Clinton Hill, and I think we made a great choice. Truthfully, Clinton Hill (as a neighborhood) is a big unknown for me, which is a little scary but mostly exciting. Turns out, though, that we’ll be with family in the new place. Agent Owens’s brother and his wife live about 4 blocks from the apartment, and they gave us a little tour of the immediate surrounding area today, en route to brunch. Plus, I have some family friends in the neighborhood, and we have several college friends within walking distance. Party in Brooklyn!
As for the apartment itself, we’ll be renting a condo from owners who are moving to Connecticut (where I’m from! Seemed auspicious!). The finishes are beautiful, the space is large, and there are 3 (count ‘em, 3!!!!!) outdoor spaces. We have a private balcony, a shared back patio where everyone BBQs, and a shared roof deck. Seeing as we are currently in the season of sunbathing, grilling, and letting-the-fresh-air-in, I am beyond excited.
All that’s left now is for the other agent to run my credit check and for me to actually sign the lease. I am hoping that will all happen in the next couple of days, and I will certainly keep you posted as to how that goes.
So, without further ado, here are the pics:
When I sat down to write this post, I x’d out all of my Criagslist, MLS, and random apartment listing tabs on my browser. It was beyond therapeutic! And now, I’m off to watch the rest of the NBA finals in peace, with a beer, knowing that I have a place to rest my head next month. Ahhh.