Studio; Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Tue Apr 26 2011
Photograph: Alex Strada
Scott Rogowsky, 26, comedy writer (12angrymascots.com)
Broker's fee: 13% ($2,184)
Broker: Candice Vilaire, Brooklyn Heights Real Estate (917-405-7342, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Moved in: August 2010
The search: "[The apartments] were all pretty expensive—as I thought they'd be. [Laughs] $1,600 here, $1,700 there. It was really stretching [my budget]. I found a listing on Craigslist and saw the place. I had been looking at a place in Carroll Gardens that was a one-bedroom that I almost pulled the trigger on, but I thought I'd feel lonely with that extra room. I don't have a lot of stuff, so a studio seemed okay. It's a basement in an old brownstone, and the area is great."
The backstory: "I've never lived by myself before, and this is my fourth apartment in three and a half years. After college, I lived with some friends in Bushwick for $475, but someone got stabbed next door—you get what you pay for. After that, a friend of mine was in Williamsburg; I moved in with him and it was a pretty cool building. That lease ended and I found a new roommate in Greenpoint—that was a great spot, but when the lease ended, the landlord forced us out."
The area: "I loved Brooklyn Heights. I had visited, I just never thought I could actually live around here because I knew it was expensive, but I wanted to look here and get away from the Williamsburg-Greenpoint area. You're tethered to the L train there; I wanted more variety of trains. Brooklyn has so much to offer, so I wanted to see more of the borough."
The broker: "Candice was able to negotiate the fee from 15 to 13 percent, and the rent from $1,450 to $1,400. It's a good spot. I just love being here. It fits me well."
The apartment: "The place blew me away. It's much more than a studio, it has a really nice kitchen area that's separate—with big countertops, a dishwasher, lots of cabinets. The kitchen is almost as big as the bedroom. Plus, there's an outdoor patio. There's a table out there, and I can put my bike out there. There are pots for plants—I don't know if I'll plant anything, but they're out there, and that's encouraging."