Friday, March 6, 2009

Listing of the Day: Belmont Rental (Welcome U2!)

2378 Hoffman Street, 2 Bedrooms - $1600/month

In honor of the U2 rocking the ole alma mater today, BoogieDowner has decided to give you a student aimed Belmont Listing of the Day.

This apartment is a perfect share for college students, recent college grads, people who live in New York City and aren't hedge fund managers, or for people who do not have a dentist dad who can fly in from Salt Lake City to buy them an apartment. It's clear that the target demographic here is Fordham students. The ability to sign a 9 month academic year lease; the choice of furnished or unfurnished; and the fact that the listing shouts in all CAPS "FORDHAM COLLEGE STUDENT APARTMENT" makes it pretty clear.

There is nothing outstanding about the apartment (and it's not even all that cheap, but methinks that in this market a bit of negotiating could be done with the landlord), but you'd be near all the foodie attractions and the other stuff in close proximity to the hood. Here's BoogieDowner's Belmont bit. Enjoy (again):

Belmont is very close to the Bronx Zoo and the NY Botanical Garden for fun. Fordham University is also a neighborhood presence with tons of cultural things to offer, and lectures, and lots of goofy white kids in the neighborhood. Another added bonus from Fordham University, on top of stability, beauty and top notch education it brings to the hood, is A-10 division one hoops. Season tickets for Rams basketball are only $195 (another great way to spend all that extra cash). Although, the really stink this year...graduating 4 of 5 starters can do that.

This apartment is in Belmont and close to 187th and Arthur Avenue, which are great stretches lined with cafes, restaurants and pastry shops. My favorite 187th restaurant is Tra Di Noi, but to be honest if you lived here you would be REQUIRED to go to Emilia's on Arthur Ave. - simply the best! And try to get a table at Mayor Bloomberg's beloved Roberto's on Crescent Ave. - very good, but in my opinion, a tad overrated. Also, for BBQ-heads, MoGridder's just opened up a few months ago in Roberto's old location.

For those who like to cook at home there's the indoor retail market, Borgatti's for ravioli, the Pasta Factory for stuffed shells and tortellini, Casa Della Mozzarella for, you guessed it, mozzarella, and Canlandra's for general cheese purchases. There are also nice wine stores and great delis like Mike's (in the retail market - don't mind the laminated photo of Mussolini hanging in the back) and Tino's.

The BX12 bus runs down Fordham Rd. to the B/D at Grand Concourse and further to the 4 at Jerome Ave. There is also a Metro-North station at the Fordham stop at Fordham Rd. and Webster Ave. that can get you in to Grand Central in 18 minutes.



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