2BR; Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Tue Apr 26 2011
Photograph: Alex Strada
Andrew Karp, 23, account manager for an independent advertising agency; David Pierce, 22, consumer electronics analyst for a computer magazine
Broker's fee: about 11% ($3,000)
Broker: Candice Vilaire, Brooklyn Heights Real Estate (917-405-7342, email@example.com)
Moved in: October 2010
The search: "It was a combination of price and size. [My roommate and I] started looking in the Upper East Side, we'd heard it was a place to go if you wanted a first affordable apartment. We also checked out the Lower East Side and East Village and found those to be much smaller and much pricier. On the Upper East Side, we found that sizes didn't really change but prices were a little lower; that's when we decided to hop over the river."
The broker: "My roommate and I both graduated this past year, and I was commuting from my parents' house in Connecticut. We were doing Craigslist primarily, but we got frustrated after a while and had to focus on work and establishing that part of our lives. My parents were nice enough to hop online one day and find Candice, a reputable broker. I'm not sure how they found her; I didn't ask too many questions. They called me at work and said, 'We're standing in an apartment in Brooklyn. You should come over and sign.' Candice was here when we came over. She was incredibly helpful in filling out paperwork, very accessible via e-mail and phone to answer our questions immediately. In that aspect she was incredible. She also helped us negotiate our rent—it was supposed to be $2,500 and we got it down to $2,250."
The neighborhood: "We couldn't have picked a better spot. It's quiet—that was our biggest plus, getting a place where you could get on the subway and be in this charming little neighborhood that turns into this great young person's place on the weekend. And during the week, it's quiet and serene, and it's close to water and we can go for bike rides and runs, which we both like to do."
The best thing about the place: "It's a four-room apartment with two bedrooms, one bath and one large common room, which is a combination of an open kitchen connected to a large living room. Personally, I was drawn to the kitchen—there's room to walk around and do things. I kept telling [my roommate] David I wanted a kitchen where I could swing a knife, and I got it."