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Friday, August 7, 2009
We just had to do a quick post on this new Nestseekers listing at 120 Greenwich , which features a blurry headshot of (we imagine) the lead sales agent as the "curb appeal" photo of the mystery unit.
Oh well, we guess the retrolicious photo featuring the cute as a button broker with a "flip" hairdo and a sensible blouse might be worth a shot to get traffic into the door at this building that has sold all of one unit this year.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
As we noted in a prior post, 120 Greenwich Street, #12F is the first apartment that we ever saw in our quest for a downtown Manhattan residence. We still remember
We found ourselves wishing that we had a buyer's broker. Someone who would appear knowledgeable on our behalf, a Harry Potter-like Patronus, if you will, that when conjured would appear in deer form (or whatevs) and protect us from the seller's broker
We remember the elevator doors opening. We "looked cool" we thought as we headed down the hallway, not knowing quite what to expect from a $719,000 one bedroom in an area of the Financial District that we'd never quite been to. As we opened the door to the apartment, we were met by the realtor, who looked kind of like Severus Snape, with a sensible purse instead of a wand.
"How long have you been looking?" Snape said as we wandered around the shockingly tiny space. "2 minutes" we wanted to blurt out, but instead said "oh, for a little while" as we took in the strangely shaped living room attached to an ample kitchen. We had no idea what to ask. As we stared at the floor plan, we wondered whether $1,034 was high or low for common charges. "It's tax abated!" Snape said brightly, breaking the silence in the air. "Expecto Patronum!" we wanted to yell, as we struggled to figure out exactly what "tax abated" meant and how we should appear to digest this information in order to maximize our appearance of seriousness and knowledge.
We continued into the bedroom, which was light-filled
After this experience, we became ever determined to figure out how to navigate open houses (and everything else for that matter). We started Downtowny shortly thereafter to help other buyers do the same.
So...whatever did happen to 120 Greenwich #12F (our seminal apartment)? Well, it turns out that the little bugger did in fact sell, in mid-July as a matter of fact, for a mere $610,000, or about 15% less than it's listing price when we saw the unit back in February. Even more interesting, the $610,000 selling price represents a 24% reduction from the apartment's purchase price in October of 2006. "Expecto Patronum" indeed we murmured.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Nostalgia abounds for us at this smallish 1BR, 1BA condo. Although we never wrote about this listing in one of our least favorite locations in FiDi, it is the first open house that we ever attended here in New York. Back when we saw it, this apartment was listed at the brazen price of $719,000, and the seller's agent at the time told us that there were "multiple offers" on the unit (ha ha).
So it is with some degree of irony that we note that today, this listing has actually entered into contract, somewhere in the neighborhood (we imagine) of it's most recent ask of $679,900.
So what did we think of the unit? Well...it's kind of small and the detached outdoor space is a turn-off. The location is kind of that West St/FiDi netherworld...not quite the heart of FiDi, not quite Battery Park, on an oddly industrial street surrounded by delivery trucks and highway entrances. We liked the pretty arch windows though and the building was converted very recently (2007).
Good luck to the buyers! We will check back and find out how much this place actually sold for.