Out and About: Combo apartments will speak to you

View from the best of three combined apartments.

Nine times out of 10 when I walk into an apartment that used to be smaller, the unit shouts “combo.”

There are almost always too much hallway, much of it wide and wasted, wood floors that change in height, finish or both, and awkward flow.  Often, you’ll find windowless “rooms” dubbed “media,” “office,” “bonus,”  “den” or “sleeping area.”

Three of the apartments that I recently visited on the Upper West Side were a cliché in contrasts. Continue reading

Weekly Roundup: Best and worst cities are listed

Here’s your chance to catch up with news included to inform, enlighten and perhaps even entertain you. To read about The Big Apple, check out another of today’s three posts.

AN EMMY WINNER LISTS HER HOME IN SOUTHBURY, CONN.

BILLIONAIRE OWNER OF A WEEKLY PET-SUPPLIES COMPANIES SPENDS MORE THAN CHICKEN FEED FOR A SOHO PENTHOUSE

CONGRESSWOMAN’S HOUSE, TWICE IN DEFAULT, NOW IS LISTED AS A SHORT SALE

ACTRESS PICKS UP A PRETTY FINE PENTHOUSE

BROKER DISPELS RUMORS THAT BUYER OF TRUSTED MAN’S SUMMER HOME LOOKS LIKE LADY GAGA


FED OFFICIAL SAYS IMPEDIMENTS TO HOME SALES Continue reading

The Big Apple: Village townhouse is auctioned. More!

GREENWICH VILLAGE TOWNHOUSE IS SOLD IN MINUTES

It took only three minutes, from 6:19 p.m. to 6:21 p.m., for the successful bidder to spend $6.634 million at a court-ordered auction yesterday of a Greenwich Village townhouse that had been listed at $9.95 million not long ago.

“I’m very happy with the price I paid,” said the affable bidder, 51, Continue reading