The Missus, the baby, and I were strolling through Mott Haven this weekend checking out antique shops and the super-cool brownstones on Alexander Avenue when we stumbled upon this open house. Mind you, this was an open house for a rental unit. You know the market is crazy when agents are holding open houses for rentals.
Being the real estate junkies that we are, we couldn't resist. The agent, Maria Lopez, was nice enough. We were above board about not really looking to rent the place, but she still showed us around.
The building is a walk-up, but the apartments are freshly renovated. We're not talking quick-fix, get them on the market renovated. It seems like the owner actually put some dough into these things. Nicely re-done wood floors, stainless steel appliances and beautiful granite in the kitchen, crown molding, new hardware on the doors and cabinets, classy ceiling fans and fresh paint. This aint no broker's jive, we saw this with our own eyes, and the BoogieDowner don't lie.
The tough economic situation seems to have precipitated a price reduction. This was originally listed at$2300/mo (which the full listing still posts). For the anti-social renters out there, Maria also showed us a one bedroom , just as nicely renovated, for $1500/mo. And for those looking for a steeper bargain, there was a two-bedroom un-renovated for $1500/mo, although the last tenant's stuff was still in the apartment.
In terms of location, it's hard to be better in Mott Haven. This building is across the street from the Piano Factory, around the corner from the Clock Tower, down the block from Bruckner Bar and Grill and around the other corner from Alexander's Cafe.
And, the reports of goofy bohemian types hanging out can be verified by BoogieDowner. There were handfuls of Nordic looking families hanging at Alexander's and artist types in Bruckner Bar and Grill. In some ways, it's a little sad that these "cutting edge" hipster pioneers all seem to huddle in two spots and do not better immerse themselves in the true neighborhood culture of Mott Haven. Thanks to a BoogieDowner tipster, we actually ate at Santa Clarita, a little off the beaten (read "gentrified") path on Willis off of 138th. Great food! Review to follow.
Transportation is sweet like most Bronx nabes; take the 6 train at 138th and 3rd Avenue.