1BR; Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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  • Jay Muhlin

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Jay Muhlin

  • Jay Muhlin

  • Jay Muhlin

  • Jay Muhlin

  • Jay Muhlin

  • Jay Muhlin

  • Jay Muhlin

  • Jay Muhlin

Jay Muhlin

Jeff Quinn, 29, graphic designer; Cinzia Reale-Castello, 29, photo editor at Time Out New York Kids
Rent:
$1,700
Broker's fee: One month's rent ($1,700)
Broker: The landlord's colleague
Moved in: November 2010

The search: "We were in Williamsburg before—the real-estate term is East Williamsburg—for four years in the same place," says Reale-Castello. "We wanted to stay in our area; we'd considered Greenpoint because we thought we were being priced out of Williamsburg. We looked on Craigslist only to see what was out there and to compare." "We saw some new construction and we thought we could pay that, but it was like a studio that was 300 square feet," Quinn continues. "There were a couple of other places in Williamsburg; one had an ugly linoleum floor, but it was essentially decent stuff. Still, the one we live in now is far and away the craziest thing."

The near-miss: "The interesting part is that we had already told this broker we wanted [another apartment]," Quinn says. "It was a cool place with an outdoor space. You couldn't see the BQE but you could hear it, and it was pretty tiny and a little more than we wanted to pay." "We went for a walk around the neighborhood to see what was around it, which was nothing," Reale-Castello recalls. "We thought we'd get used to the noise. But then I went on Craigslist on a Saturday night and saw two listings for this other building. I forced Jeff to go, and we were the first people to see it. We looked at it and were like, 'Holy shit, this is unbelievable.'"

The apartment: "It was huge and it was directly above the G train stop at Nassau, and the area—all things considered—was all we could've possible hoped for. It has a really cool faux fireplace and tons and tons of light, huge windows," says Quinn. "They had resurfaced the hardwood floors throughout the apartment and there's tons of storage space: three closets that are all massive, plus storage space above the closet." Reale-Castello adds: "The other thing that's quite nice is that there are tin ceilings throughout the entire apartment."

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