Holding Out for the Proper Slot in Brooklyn. Which Condo Did She Select?

Though it was “type of bold to personal a New York house by age 30,” that’s the place Lauren Jensen set her sights.

After rising up in northern Westchester County and touchdown a job within the metropolis when she completed school, she moved usually amongst numerous neighborhoods and below numerous circumstances. “All of it netted out to be very nomadic,” stated Ms. Jensen, now 31.

By the point the pandemic struck, she had settled right into a ground-floor one-bedroom in Manhattan Valley for $2,550 a month. Her lease ended final fall, simply as pandemic hire offers dried up. Reluctant to resume an costly lease, and dealing remotely (she is now a product supervisor at a meals supply firm), she acquired critical about shopping for a one-bedroom co-op unit.

Ms. Jensen moved again into her mother and father’ home in Westchester to economize and to keep away from the concern of timing the tip of her lease to a purchase order. “I’ve been squirreling away cash for 10 years,” she stated.

She set her price range within the excessive $600,000s and initially thought-about the Higher West Aspect, however the flats there felt too small and the realm too acquainted. As she put it, “I knew each blade of grass in Central Park,” the place she walked her canine, Norman. So she hunted in Brooklyn, the place many buddies lived.

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Ms. Jensen hoped to discover a place close to Prospect Park, in a constructing with an elevator, as she usually goes out and in with the canine. An enormous bed room for a giant mattress was necessary — with house for her and Norman. So was a chosen workplace space. “I’d like to have my workplace not be my bed room or front room,” she stated.

Ms. Jensen contacted Cody Hernandez, an actual property agent with Compass, who had been referred by buddies.

“I requested Lauren if she was open to studios, as a result of along with her price range we may get her a pleasant studio in an space she needed to be in,” Mr. Hernandez stated. “Or a one-bedroom that wanted just a little little bit of fixing up, or was smaller or farther away from the park.”

Ms. Jensen noticed one alcove studio, with stunning views of Prospect Park, listed for $545,000. “It was laborious to disregard that $100,000 under my price range,” she stated. “My mother talked me out of it.”

She advised Mr. Hernandez that she needed the one-bedroom model of that house. “He stated it doesn’t work that approach,” she stated, and he cautioned her that she couldn’t anticipate a one-bedroom to seem in the identical constructing.

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