If reading The Hunt stokes your deepest hopes that someday everything in life could work out, then you, too, are obsessed with the New York Times Sunday Real Estate section. Join us as we venture into the depths of this weekend's installment, figuring out along the way what the subtext of each story tells us about the state of the NYC real estate market using our bona fide Market Point system.
1.) We peek into the lives of those who adhere to pretty strict religious needs, adding another dimension of hair-pulling stress to finding an apartment in our fair city. We take a look at a Christian Collective based in a Brownstone in Bed-Stuy, a Jewish woman with a need for space for Sabbath dinner, and a Muslim girl looking for the comfort of religious roommates.
-"Instead of bay windows and an in-house gym, their must-have may be a kosher kitchen, a short walk to church, room to roll out a prayer mat or like-minded roommates." Not the typical list of must haves. +1 MP
-“Christians are good moral people, “Mr. Storbakken said. “But you have the same issues with Christians as non-Christians when it comes to housing.” Building walls, can't we all just get along, etc... +1 MP
-"She needed enough space to accommodate at least 30 guests. This month, she began moving into a three-bedroom apartment that has a much smaller bedroom and is 10 blocks farther north that she might have liked. But the dining room is huge." +1 MP
-“The living situation was not anything I would brag about,” Ms. Kalam said, but “I wouldn’t trade that experience of living with Muslim girls for a beautiful loft in a really nice neighborhood. It’s more about the experience of living with people who understand who you are and what you need to do.” Couldn't say the same for myself, but priorities are priorities. +1 MP
[Sharing the Faith, Splitting the Rent]
2.) The Hunt took a look at a guy recently stripped of the luxury of a live in girlfriend to split the rent with. His love of Brooklyn Heights when combined with his budget led him to Queens, and a basement studio in Forest Hills.
-"He would have to give up going out to eat, just to live in Brooklyn Heights." Pretty big compromise to be in the Heights. -1 MP
-"What he sought was “a hidden neighborhood that is still really cheap" You're not the first and not the last, sir. +1 MP
- "Mr. Wohl also realized from hunting online that basement studios often came at a bargain price. “The idea of a basement didn’t bother me," he said. So when he saw a listing for a basement studio in Forest Hills for $825, or only $50 more than he hoped to pay, he and Ms. Wallace were immediately on their way. " Success! +2 MP
[An Affordable Apartment for One]
Looks like the Times gave us a pretty feel-good kind of week, and the numbers don't lie! A nondenominational 6 points doesn't lie!