"In the fall of 2007, Will Hopkins and Mary K. Baumann made what many New Yorkers would consider a puzzling real estate decision. Maybe a crazy one. Having sold their Chelsea office, the veteran graphic designers traded a 2,000-square-foot apartment in one of the grandest buildings on the Upper West Side, with 13-foot ceilings and a 100-foot-long courtyard view, for a pair of unfinished basement condominiums. Oh yes, and the stabilized rent on the apartment was $2,000 a month. And the condominiums are in Minneapolis."
Thursday, September 4, 2008
New Yorkers allegedly lose their minds!
More strange but true tales of New Yorkers doing the unthinkable — leaving New York for the Midwest — this time courtesy of Michael Tortorello at The New York Times:
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I REALLY can't see giving up a rent stableized place for a basement condo. There must be more to this story that I'm not getting.ReplyDelete
Although many NYC people who have those sort of things are pushed out by the building owners, or maybe someone moved in below them with a loud ceiling fan, or maybe a Starbucks moved into their building.
Even though their place sounded palatial by NYC standards, I'm sure they lived there long enough where their complaints outweighed their desire to keep it.