Sorry, but you should have had your own inspection performed and not relied on the seller's inspection.
Also, you didn't say what the time period was between their inspection and the current time frame.... more
While Brooklyn's Crown Heights used to be infamous for its high poverty and crime rates, the neighborhood is experiencing a much-deserved revival thanks to its lovely architecture and incredible cultural attractions like the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum and the northeastern edge of Prospect Park.... more
Having a small budget happens sometimes. My parents ended up buying a motor home when they moved last time. They figured it was better to have their money go towards something that they would keep, rather than just disappearing in renting a place. I'm not sure where they bought it, though. http://www.summitcountystorage.com/baldy-mountain-storage/... more
Seeing that you are from San Francisco and having been to both areas I would say that park slope is similar to the area of Pacific Heights. Park Slope has many beautiful older-built & prewar townhouses and brownstones and it also has Prospect Park as a central focus and draw of the neighborhood. For a good visual representation of the neighborhood you can watch The Squid and the Whale which was filmed throughout the neighborhood.
Specific answers to your questions:
Do residents maintain their homes and lawns? - In general terms the answer is yes. Of course there are always divergent people but the majority of Park Slope is well maintained and consequently the property values are high.
Are there dramatic differences between different neighborhoods or zip codes? - Yes definitely! Park Slope is known for its brownstones and townhouses. See your next question for further elaboration on the answer.
Is there a dominant architecture throughout the city? - Relating specifically to architecture alone, the feel and character of a specific neighborhood may be resultant of the time it was developed and the architectural trends as well as the zoning restrictions or lack of them. Brooklyn Heights sits at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge and was one of the first developed areas thanks to the existence of the bridge and the ability to do commerce with New York City. Brooklyn Heights is also known for its historic brownstones and townhouses. To better understand certain neighborhoods and their development I recommend you read Gotham which is the Pulitzer Prize winning history of the development of New York. It was co-authored by one of my dear landlords who is a professor and historian and lives in Park Slope.... more
The timeline from identifying the right apartment that suits your criteria to signing a lease and moving ins is entirely contingent on the agent that you work with and their relationships. In some cases, especially if the agent and the landlord have a longstanding relationship you can view the apartment, sign the lease, and move in in under 24-hours. If the landlord has entrusted the agent with the right to approve prospective tenants based on their paperwork this definitely expedites the process. Usually the most time consuming steps in the application approval process are waiting on the applicant to prepare their application and supporting documentation, and acquiring bank certified checks. During the summer months, which is peak rental season, it is very wise to have your supporting paperwork already prepared which should include a copy of a photo id, 3 successive bank statements in a row just the page that shows the account beginning and ending balance, the first two pages of your last 2 years tax returns, and any offer letter if starting a new employment or pay stubs from your current employment. The final piece of the application paperwork is the credit report which your agent will most likely run.
Now that you know the process and what is required you should identify the right agent! I would be happy to work with you to secure your new apartment in Park Slope or the surrounding neighborhoods. I have been an agent covering Park Slope for just about a decade and many of my landlords allow me to approve tenant applications on their behalf. For speed, accuracy, and efficiency please contact me.... more
Good afternoon, Zane!
Fort Greene neighborhood is great! But you should check also a Clinton Hill area. There are pretty good areas. First of all you should find some answers on main questions: what is your desirable sq ft of the apartment; which subway lines you need to be near to or whether you need it in general; do you need to be near a school area etc.
Wish you good luck!... more
Prospect Heights is a mixture of architectural styles, some brownstone lined blocks, some beautiful pre-war apartment buildings, some absolutely hideous stuff built between the 60's and the 90's, and the glass and retro look of the stuff that is being built now. Unlike Park Slope, there are more apartment buildings than brownstones. Other than the big avenues: Flatbush, Washington, Vanderbilt, Atlantic and Eastern Parkway, the streets tend to be quiet, with curb parking. It is very green, lots of old trees and window boxes. There aren't really any lawns to speak of, though some of the brownstones have tiny gardens in front or back. Most of the architecture has a victorian or belle epoque feel to it.... more
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She can apply to any high schools of your choice but the one which is in the area where you live is the one she actually can be registered into. It's hard to get to any good high schools in the middle of the school year. Murrow High School, Avenue L is a good one.... more