NEW YORK CITY — August is known as one of the slowest real estate months of the year, in which new listings are harder to come by. But these three eager sellers are looking to unload their apartments regardless, offering appealing prices to attract buyers. All three listings are holding open houses this weekend.
4410 Cayuga Ave. (Photos courtesy of Moda Realty)
4410 Cayuga Ave., #B4, Fieldston
Three bedrooms/One bath
Approximately 1,150 square feet
Open House: Sunday, Aug. 14 by appointment
Lowdown: This Fieldston co-op has been on the market before but did not get a lot of traction with buyers. William Perez, of Moda Realty, and his associate Greg Kochanoz took the listing and decided to do significant staging and reshoot the photos.
They've also priced the three-bedroom apartment to sell at $249,000. “There's nothing on the market for this price,” Perez said.
Located in a 1930s co-op building, the apartment has arched doorways and inlaid hardwood floors. In 2012 the owners renovated the bathroom and kitchen, where they added a farmhouse sink and butcher block counters.
In the bedrooms and bathroom they exposed the ceiling pipes “so it feels like a loft apartment,” said Perez.
The third bedroom is smaller than the other two, Perez added, and is being used by the current owners as an office.
Although the apartment is located on the ground level, “it feels like the first floor because the building is located on a hill,” said Perez. “The apartment actually gets a lot of sunlight.”
Location: Although much of Fieldston does not have easy access to a subway station, this building is just a block away from the 1 train at Van Courtland Park. It's also just a three minute walk into the park of the same name, the largest in The Bronx.
As for the co-op, it is a two-building complex with a shared central courtyard. “It's got tables so you can eat, relax, spend time with your kids,” said Perez. “Everyone knows each other, it feels like a nice community.”
Why put it on your open house calendar? “This apartment speaks for itself,” said Perez, adding that “it's a great price for a three bedroom, and it's near transportation.”
250 Cabrini Blvd. (Photos courtesy of Simone Song Properties)
250 Cabrini Blvd., #2B, Hudson Heights
One bedroom/One bath
Approximately 625 square feet
Maintenance: $792 a month
Open House: Sunday, Aug. 14, 12-1:00 p.m.
Lowdown: “This is an eager seller,” said Simone Song Properties broker Simone Song. “The owner is now moved out and would like to sell quickly.”
Song said they've gotten some offers, but it's a strict co-op board. In an effort to appeal to more buyers, they recently lowered the price by $25,000.
Song noted that this unit has been “beautifully renovated.” The owner refurbished the hardwood floors and redid the kitchen and bathroom to maximize space and light.
It is a small kitchen, but the owner “made use of every inch of space without breaking down a wall,” said Song.
The one drawback, she said, is that the kitchen only holds a compact fridge. “We've been telling people they could get the type of fridge that looks like a file cabinet and place it outside the kitchen,” said Song. She added that there is plenty of extra space near the kitchen and the entryway to do so.
This unit is located on the second floor of the building, which is atop a hill. “The streets [of Hudson Heights] are hilly, so the second floor just doesn't feel like a second floor,” said Song.
Location: 250 Cabrini Blvd. is an Art Deco co-op that is famed for its extravagant lobby. It's located right along the Hudson River and residents get “a glimpse of the trees and the river,” Song said. The A train at 181st Street is about a five minute walk away.
Why put it on your open house calendar? “It's a beautifully renovated apartment in a beautiful Deco building,” Song said.
212 E. 70th St. (Photos courtesy of CORE)
212 E. 70th St., #2AC, Upper East Side
Two bedrooms/Two baths
Approximately 1,050 square feet
Common charges: $799/month
Open House: Sunday, Aug. 14, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Lowdown: The owners, who combined two apartments to create this two-bedroom unit, are excited to sell as they signed an exclusive deal with the broker the day they finished the renovation.
“August is not the ideal month to list anything,” said CORE broker Adie Kriegstein. “But there's nothing like this uptown, so there was no time to waste.”
The apartment is located one flight up in a “well-run brownstone condo,” said Kriegstein.
Combining the two apartments, she said, was “very easy... they are north and south apartments, so they just removed a wall and updated everything.”
The combination allowed for a split-bedroom layout, with the master bedroom and second bedroom on opposites sides. “People prefer it when bedrooms are not next door to each other,” said Kriegstein.
This renovation is unique for an Upper East Side apartment because the interior finishes have a downtown feel. “
There's exposed brick through the entire apartment, moldings and decorative fireplaces,” said Kriegstein.
Although interior details were kept, the rest of the space “was updated for 21st-century living,” according to Kriegstein. The kitchen was upgraded to add a wine refrigerator and under-cabinet lighting. A washer/dryer unit was also added to the apartment.
Location: Kriegstein called this location “the heart of the Upper East Side in terms of transportation.” The brownstone is only about a block away from the 6 train at 68th Street/Hunter College. The main drag of Madison Avenue is two blocks away, and the entrance to Central Park is just one block further.
Why put it on your open house calendar? “If you're looking for an apartment that's not cookie-cutter, and has all the conveniences of the Upper East Side, this is your calling,” said Kriegstein.