When apartment hunting, we all know the things that we absolutely want and can’t live without. A backyard, roof access, washer/dryer in-unit maybe even a dishwasher. But, the most important thing that you have to take into consideration when looking for a new apartment is the neighborhood you’ll be moving to.
Here are few things to be mindful of:
Whether you work around the corner from your new space or an hour away, good transportation is one of the most important things to keep in mind. We’re in New York, where transportation is key.
People will want to visit more often the closer you are to public transportation, and you’ll be able to visit them more easily as well. Unless if you want to Uber it everywhere, pick a neighborhood that offers easy access to buses and trains. You’ll thank yourself later!
You have state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, but you don’t feel like cooking – it happens to everyone. We all know that New York is filled with great food, but having a few go-to restaurants in your area will be a lifesaver! Even if it’s not in your immediate area, at least be able to get food delivered through Grubhub or Seamless.
As much as you’ll want to stay home and enjoy all the amenities your new space offers, you’ll have to get out of the house at some point. Imagine how great it will be to walk to the coolest new bar/club in your area and not have to deal with a hefty taxi fare. Pick a location that will give you access to the neighborhood’s night scene; you’ll appreciate the area more.
There is nothing better than strolling through a Brooklyn park on a beautiful Sunday. A little greenery close by relieves stress on tough days and is great for runners, walkers and picnickers alike. Plus, you’ll have place to bring your four-legged friend to stretch their legs.
Trust us, research the different neighborhoods you’re interested in – what they offer, what the community is like, and what attractions they’ll have easy access to. Some of our favorite neighborhoods that fit the criteria above are: Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Crown Heights and Lefferts Gardens.