Posted by Deirdre // 10-07-2014
When I first created Bklyn or Beyond, I had in my mind that I would sell some ad space to like-minded brands in order to support my hosting and programming fees and maybe squeak out a little extra for myself. I quickly abandoned the idea because besides super cute and stylish or cool brands, I don’t really want them on my site! And my posts tend to come in fits and starts as you may know, which doesn’t always make advertisers happy.
While I don’t intend to turn this into a channel for real estate brokers to prey on desperate home-seekers, I do think that the right broker can go a long way in helping people find a great home. Especially for those looking in new towns, it’s pretty important to be able to have a broker with whom they speak the same language and can tell their innermost thoughts and fears (or something like that).
So I am launching a monthly feature in which I ask a realtor a set of questions that I feel are important to Brooklynites looking to move (within Brooklyn, the burbs and beyond), and give them a chance to sell themselves and their towns or neighborhoods – not just their listings. Let me know what you think and if there are questions that are glaringly omitted!
First up happens to be Maplewood and South Orange, and former Brooklynite Lisa Danbrot.
Pictured is Michelle Williams’ now on the market townhouse in Boerum Hill just for shits and giggles.
Posted by Deirdre // 09-29-2014
Did you happen to see this piece in the Observer on Ridgewood, Queens, “aka Quooklyn”? Whhhaaaat?! Please tell me this is not being actually uttered out of anyone’s mouth. Have others heard this horrible (totally came from a Real Estate Broker) moniker?
I’ve never been to Ridgewood, but we mentioned the hood in this piece a ways back, spurred by a NY Times article on somewhat far-flung neighborhoods ‘artists are flocking to’ (always a relative term with the Times). They’ve since written more, including the inevitable Brooklyn to Queens migration and seemed to have started with this Living In from 2011 — oh, if only we’d bought then! I’d love to hear more about Ridgewood’s schools and what life is like there if you have a family. It seems the Daily News is enamored with it too, claiming it’s the next hot hood, whatever that means.
With so many being priced out of Brooklyn (it’s only a matter of time for us renters) we may need to hop on the M and have a look.
Posted by Deirdre // 09-17-2014
Catchy, huh? I just came up with that. First off, I do still live in Brooklyn and we don’t have plans to leave soon. That said, do I still have the conundrum? Yes. Does my husband come home from EVERY trip ANYWHERE outside of here and say, “I had an epiphany”? Yes. We have pretty much ruled out the suburbs because we both work freelance for now and it just wouldn’t make sense for us – we’re more emotionally connected to the city than needing to be physically connected to the city. Know what I’m sayin’? I thought I’d clear that up because sometimes I meet people who have heard of the blog who are surprised that we’re still here. We are.
But the suburbs make sense for A LOT of people. Those who are tied to the city for work and want more space for their money. Those who want the security of a good school. Or those who just want the close access to the city without the everyday stress of the city. Yet unless you grew up in the suburbs of NYC or have other knowledge of the area through friends or something, it can be hard to decide which suburb is right.
I happened upon Suburban Jungle Realty I think on Facebook…or maybe through this NY Times article I wrote about a while ago – I can’t remember which. Anyway, I have been in touch with them for a long time and have been wanting to share their services with all of you because it’s just such a great idea! They help city dwellers who are looking in the burbs first with finding the right area for them and THEN connect them with brokers. They have a network of former city people to draw from to help those of us clueless about the burbs with all the typical city questions. So you start off talking to people like you, helping you find the right town for you and your family, not a broker trying to find you a house who may have a different agenda.
So if you happen to be around tomorrow after work in the city, you can check out Suburban Jungle and learn a bit more about them – rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org (I couldn’t do that HTML code for the life of me, so you’ll just have to copy and paste – sorry). And stay tuned for an event in Brooklyn that we’ll be doing together – I just may call it Fall for the Burbs!