Real estate value is relative

I am never moving. Yes, I’ve said this before and probably will say it again (hopefully not for a long, long time) … but that doesn’t change the sheer-terror-based sincerity of this statement today. Right now and for the next two years, at least, I’m gratefully ensconced in a small but reasonably sized junior 1BR at a reasonably low stabilized rent in an excellent location, and reading stories like this — seeing what some other New Yorkers consider reasonable price per square foot — makes me envision being carried out of my apartment in a box. They do seem happy though, so I am not saying they are wrong, exactly… but if I had to pay more than I do for an even smaller and even more densely cluttered place, I would not be smiling like this.

I didn’t put this on FB because I could immediately imagine the responses. Homespaces are probably the MOST personal decision we make. Where we live reflects values, finances, safety concerns, community, amenities, etc etc etc. I know that many of my city friends likewise live happily (or resignedly) in snug quarters. And obviously all of you who don’t live in NYC look around your relatively-palatial homes and think I’m just kidding myself here.

But seriously, look at the shoeboxes these fools pay over $1,000 per month to RENT and tell me they are not maybe a little nutty.


About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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