In choosing a place to live, I would argue that it’s all about The Big 3:
- Location: Where do you want to live? What neighborhoods appeal to you and offer the most for your lifestyle?
- Space: How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need (please note: more than 1 bathroom is BEYOND LUXURY in NYC!)? How much storage space do you want, and how much room to move would you like?
- Cost: Moolah! How much can you afford to pay, while still maintaining some sort of lifestyle? After all, I assume you want to take full advantage of living in the city and not just give your whole paycheck to your landlord – right?
In general, I always tell my friends and clients that they can have two of The Big 3. You might be able to stay on budget and live in a neighborhood you like, but you’ll probably have to give a little on space. Likewise, if you see a huge place in a prime location, expect that it will put a hole in your wallet. The best idea is to put these three items in order of priority, and go from there.
Once you’ve made some decisions about The Big 3, here are some other apartment hunting considerations (in no particular order):
- Length of commute to work
- Elevator building vs. walk-up (if walk-up, how many flights?)
- Building amenities
- Neighborhood amenities
- Distance to subway or bus
- Proximity to friends
- Proximity to nightlife
- Laundry on-site or nearby
- Grocery store(s) nearby
- Landlord vs. management company
What are some other major considerations you have when moving? What are the features of an apartment, building, or neighborhood that you just can’t live without?
Image: Rebecca for Happy City Living