When we first viewed what will eventually be our new home, we knew after about five minutes that it was the place for us. It easily checked off all of our non-negotiables:
- 1000+ square feet
- Hardwood floors
- Open floor plan
- Laundry in-unit
- Balcony or outdoor space
- Easy commute to Midtown
- Gym access or space to build one
The building was constructed in 2004, so we knew we were getting slightly older everything. But the price was right and we saw so much potential in the space, the layout and the neighborhood. With the cost leaving us some room to put a little work into it and make it our own, including renovating the (in our opinion) hideous bathrooms and choosing our appliances when we need to replace.
We’d probably be forgiven if we were hesitant at first, though. The unit has been used as a rental for most of it’s life and the blindingly neutral palette in everything from the paint to the cupboards to the tile reflect that. Even the furniture somehow manages to become part of the beige blob.
But the bones are there. First we need to close.