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General Area in Park Slope : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Aug 30, 2014
Marcus Magarian answered:
Hello Stephan,

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.
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Sat Aug 30, 2014
Marcus Magarian answered:
Hello Stephen,
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.
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Mon Jun 4, 2012
Trevor Curran answered:
Been a long time since I hung proper "paper" wallpaper of the English variety. When you say Victorian, I assume English. Generally difficult to work with; you have to have an extreme amount of patience and care to hang paper wallpaper. But when you do, it looks great.

I found this online:

Hope that helps!
Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140
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Thu Apr 24, 2008
Loretta Nastasi-Rivera answered:
Hi Anna

That's definitely going to be a tough one as those areas fetch a pretty penny. If you are willing to live south of the park, you can find a 1 bedroom in Kensington or Ditmas Park in your price range. These neighborhoods are up and coming as many people being priced out of the more expensive areas north of the park are now migrating there. I'd be happy to assist you in your search.
Good Luck.
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