Thursday, January 7, 2010

What's doing at 229 E. 13th St.?

We're a little baffled by that new unit on 13th Street near Third Avenue... it has been sitting empty for months. An EV Grieve commenter said that these apartments were being shown last spring for a June 1 occupancy..... As far as we can tell, the entire building remains free of residents.

Meanwhile, nearly three weeks went by recently before anyone decided to fix the "for rent" sign out front....



If you're peddling $3,000 apartments, do you want your sign to look like that?

Still, there seems to be some movement now. According to StreetEasy, there are four rentals available: two bedrooms for $3,300; one bedrooms for $2,595. Last summer, the two-bedroom apartments were ambitiously listed at $4,200. The price was decreased 20 percent on Dec. 23, according to StreetEasy. (The listings are at Weichert Realtors.)

The units look nice enough with quality amenities like "European style Washer/Dryer combo." A little on the dorm-roomy side, though, perhaps?






Also, the paper on the front door has been removed....



...looks more inviting now....




Then there's the mystery lot and its frozen-in-EV-time landscape that's directly next door to this space. We're curious what potential residents — particularly those from elsewhere — might think walking up for an open house....





Though it can be a winter wonderland ....



Previously on EV Grieve:

Meanwhile, darkness falls on 13th Street

Dog gone (groan)

The dog days of summer

Noise, then darkness

6 comments:

T.E.V.B. said...

The vacant lot is so much more beautiful than the new building.

Ethan said...

I looked into renting there (in September), the broker said that the owner hasn't been able to obtain a certificate of occupancy for the building but would be getting one in the "next week or two". Here we are 4+ months later...

When I looked I think a 1BR was around $2,400-2,700ish which is pretty much the going rate for newly renovated and luxury rentals in the EV (West of Ave A, a bit cheaper in Alpha City it seems).

Jill said...

That building looks like a prison.

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with comment #1. There is something special about coming across these defunct lots, with barbwire fences with graffiti filled walls throughout the city. With the addition of a shit stained blanket, a liter coke bottle filled with some yellow substance and a white tray with chicken wing bones and frozen rice on the ground, makes me realize just for 5 minutes, I am still in New York City. I am serious!

Margaret said...

I live across the street, and on Thursday or Friday night, there was a light on in one apartment and it appeared that people were unpacking. Guess they got the CoO? There was also a sign up on the glass about open houses.

EV Grieve said...

Thanks for the comment, Margaret. I noticed this past weekend that the "for rent" sign was all tangled up again. Doesn't instill confidence!