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Pro: Ahhh, Leroy Street. You’re practically sitting on top of Amy’s Bread and Murray’s Cheese.
Con: The location is about the only amenity going for it. Pets are not allowed in this prewar walk-up (probably because they would run into the centrally-located refrigerator).
Pro: You’ll get the addition of a formal dining room, a private terrace and a washer/dryer in this quaint townhouse space.
Con: The three flights of stairs you have to schlep your groceries up.
Pro: Designed with financiers in mind, pretty much everything that would matter to a banker (gym, concierge, shoe shine) in this Cipriani-branded pied-à-terre is included.
Con: We’ll let you deduce the neighborhood vibes.
Pro: Even more building amenities (that are actually useful: pool, sauna, pet groomer...Central Park).
Con: You’ll need to put in quite a bit of renovation work. The kitchen is...interesting.
Pro: It doesn’t get much more magical than the immediate area surrounding the Natural History Museum. (This guy lives on 82nd and Columbus.)
Con: That (okay, and the fireplace) are the extent of the specialness.
Pro: Basic necessities are covered (elevator, laundry, pets).
Con: The 6 train at 9 a.m.
Pro: The flexibility to purchase either one floor of the brownstone (2BR) or that and the garden level (making it 3BR). Oh yeah, and Target is two blocks away.
Con: Do we really need to mention the 6 train again?
Price: $899,000 to $1,050,000
Pro: Sunsets over the skyline, y’all. And a garage in the building.
Con: Better take advantage of that car downstairs because the N/Q train is easily a 15-minute walk away.
Pro: From the previous, you’ll gain six feet of ceiling height, a few more perks (namely, a pool and gym) and about five more subway options.
Con: You’ll lose the view and the second bedroom.
Pro: Enough room for a second kid. (What a novel idea, New York.)
Con: You’ll likely find yourself still venturing up to Park Slope to be entertained.
Pro: Space for kids and guests! And when they all drive you crazy, shove ’em off to the Brooklyn Museum and Botanical Garden, which are a block away.
Con: The appliances also appear to be prewar.
Pro: You can still find a few brownstones under a mil in real estate’s hottest neighborhood.
Con: They’ll need a lot of work once you get the keys.
Pro: Actual houses exist--if you stick on the subway a few stops past Prospect Park.
Con: It’s a wee smidge above the mil mark.
Pro: Say hello to your future nest egg. You may not want to live in East Bed-Stuy, but you can certainly invest in it.
Con: It’s a lot of money (and management) up front to get into the building-owning game.
Have you heard? Manhattan is sorta expensive.
Only a true New Yorker understands that amenities are a compromise. When a commute shortens, so do countertop lengths. (But...to each their own.)
So we set out on a little experiment. We took a ballpark price of $1 million to see what that can get you around town.
You won’t believe the differences we found.
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