1BR; Park Slope, Brooklyn
Tue Apr 26 2011
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Jeff Pye, 30, IT audit manager; and Katrina Kingdon, 30, unemployed
Broker's fee: One month's rent ($2,400)
Broker: Irene Levine, City Connections Realty (917-929-4098, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Moved in: April 2011
The search: "Previous to moving up to New York, we lived in Norfolk, Virginia," Jeff says. "We decided to leave Virginia for a job opportunity, as well as to experience life living in a big city. We looked at apartments in Fort Greene before deciding on Park Slope. Fort Greene just did not seem as nice once you got a few blocks away from the park. We met a number of brokers and they ranged from good to bad. We worked with one broker who, after asking him at least five times if the apartment took two large dogs and being told yes, we signed a lease and turned over all our checks only to be told the next day that the owner would not take dogs."
The broker: "My wife had met Irene when she first went to view the apartment," says Jeff. "A few weeks later, we saw the apartment was still available, so my wife brought me back to see it. Irene immediately remembered my wife and was great to work with. She even sent us a nice little follow-up message last week to check in on how things were going."
Apartment-hunting tips: "Look at as many apartments as you can to get a real feel for what you want," says Jeff. "Give yourself time and, if you want to, find a good broker that is willing to work with you. I think it is worth the extra money if you can afford it."
The best thing about my place: "This apartment building is right on the park," says Jeff. "I walk out the front door, cross the street and I am in the park. I didn't find that anywhere else. There's also high ceilings and a pocket door to separate the kitchen and living room."
The neighborhood: "We chose to live in Park Slope because it's close to the park for our dogs, has easy subway access to Manhattan and has tons of restaurants and bars," says Jeff. "So far we have enjoyed brunch at Dizzy's [819 Eighth Ave at 9th St; 718-499-1966, dizzys.com] and the best chocolate shake ever from the Chocolate Room [86 Fifth Ave between Prospect Pl and St. Marks Ave; 718-783-2900, thechocolateroombrooklyn.com]. It will change your life.