May 2022: Why Not Walk the Neighborhood?

See if you can spot the fairytale: One sunny Sunday morning you fell in love with the perfect apartment. You signed the contract on sight, moved in the next day, and lived happily ever after. The end.

We’re not bashing love at first sight, or happily-ever-after’s. But in real estate, as in life, you have to do your due diligence. Part of that is understanding what’s behind the curtain. Does the golden carriage turn into a pumpkin at midnight? Are the six grand horses really just little mice? A property might seem perfect in pictures and even at the open house, but it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Part of buying a home is the lifestyle you’ll be acquiring with it. It’s important to walk the neighborhood you’ll be living in, to understand the rhythms of the place. What is the scene on Saturday nights? What does that walk to the subway really feel like? Everyone’s priorities are different. You may love that the avenue you live on turns into a street fair every Sunday, and that neighbors hold coffee klatches on their stoops, while someone else might prefer a quieter more anonymous atmosphere. The choice is yours, just make sure it’s informed.

There are certain things you just won’t notice on a quick visit, so spend some time pounding the pavement and scope out that little corner of the world you want to call home. You’ll be glad you did.

As a NYC real estate broker, I go the extra mile for my clients — literally! I’ve canvassed this city so many times I’ve lost count. But luckily, I love to walk. It gives me a pace and perspective that I can’t get any other way. So what does this city girl do on her vacation? Puts her walking skills to the ultimate test by hiking Utah’s Mighty Five! Opting for the “moderate” trail, we found ourselves climbing 480 feet up steep slickrock in the blinding sun, hugging rock walls on narrow ledges, and watching for steep drop-offs at every turn. It was harrowing, to say the least! But when we rounded that last corner, the view of the iconic Delicate Arch — the red rock in perfect formation against the backdrop of the exquisite La Sal Mountains — was definitely worth it.

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