When my boyfriend and I decided that we would be moving in together I was ecstatic. What a big step in our relationship! How is exciting will it be to search for OUR place! But I was not at all prepared for the terror that was apartment hunting. Now, I am aware that looking for a place in NYC is no walk in the park, even though my last experience seemed like a piece a cake in comparison. In all honesty part of our misfortune was our own doing as we starting looking for places too early and were not ready to commit. We also had a trip to Asia already planned for the two weeks prior to when my boyfriends lease was up in April so that basically gave us 2 weeks to find an apartment. We looked online almost everyday, called brokers, walked around the whole sha-bang. We applied for many an apartment but for one reason or another were screwed over by either a broker, a landlord, or a rich Swedish music producer. Long story short we were having the WORST luck.
At some point we got in touch with a broker who dealt with properties mostly in the Brooklyn Heights area. After seeing a few apartments around there we fell in love with the area and concentrated our search to Brooklyn Heights. We eventually landed our apartment, after missing out on the apartment 3 floors down that we originally wanted and then an apartment next door as well. The apartments we missed out on were larger than the one that we ended up with but we were so exhausted from our search and fell in love with the area already that we said yes as soon as we found out it was on the market.
Our lovely quaint apartment is located on the 5th floor in the back of a brownstone only a few blocks away from the promenade. What it lacks in space it definitely more than makes up for in location. And what may seem like a pain of being on the 5th floor (it certainly was on move in day*) being up so high gives us the pleasure of a sun-drenched apartment with a great view! The apartment is a 266 square feet studio with a separate kitchen and bathroom. Its shared between two people but I love it so, although it did take a little bit of work to get it to the love part thus far, and there is still more to do to make it a real home.
Here are some photos of the apartment that our broker originally sent to us, and basically what we moved into but with the appliances in their rightful places.
*Big thank you to my friends who helped me lug up all my and my boyfriends things up many flights of stairs because I am too cheap to hire movers. I love you guys so.