NY Times fluff real estate story
Go apartment hunting with strangers
The New York Times is currently running a Real Estate story titled “Apartment Hunters Chart New Territory,” which features a Hoboken resident and his NYC girlfriend shopping for apartments in Jersey City.
The article basically tells you how Mattias Johansson and Diane Tider met, what they were paying in rent (Johansson had a “spacious” studio in Hoboken), where they work, and the “dilemma” they were facing (i.e., “I better get him to move in with me!”)
So like anyone looking for a new apartment, they go shopping around, compare pros and cons of various units, searching for a place that they both liked. By the title of the piece, I thought “Charting new territory” might mean something like a new state, different jobs, etc. (Did you know how cheap it is to live in Vegas? Holy crap!) They eventually settled for an apartment in a brownstone near Van Vorst Park (actually a nice ‘hood for Jersey City).
While the story might be enjoyable for some folks to read – it didn’t offer any helpful advice. Like how to avoid Realtor fees and get other concessions – or which websites to use to find the best deals, etc. Finding out they made gingerbread for their housewarming party – or that they have to roll a little cart out of the way to use the oven isn’t very interesting.
I suppose “Part II” of their story will be when the Times goes “shopping for slacks” with Mattias – and he’ll try on five pairs before finally “settling” for an after-xmas clearance item at Old Navy. But when Matty gets home, he finds out that Diane was hooking up with the male nurse at the clinic she works – they’ll have to do the real estate search all over again. Burn!
THAT would be a fun read!