Anyone who has ever looked at apartments in New York City knows how rarely the units look anything like their StreetEasy listings.
When realtors describe a charming prewar Park Slope building with “original details,” they really mean the fifth-floor walk-up has never been updated. And the “cozy studio” you were pining after in the West Village is actually, upon closer inspection, a retrofitted closet.
The most common thing you’ll read in a real estate listing? Whether you’re shopping around for a communal loft (read: warehouse) in Bushwick or a roommate-free pad in Harlem, each place will be “steps” from a subway stop and just 15 minutes away from Midtown.
Some apartment databases, such as Naked Apartments, will calculate the actual distance an apartment is from surrounding subway stations. But they have yet to debunk falsehoods written into the descriptions themselves. So we took a look at current listings for units on the market now and cross-referenced the promised commute time with people who actually live in those neighborhoods.
If you’re shopping around for a new place to bed down, remember that the quick commute (like the second bedroom, which is really a coat closet) may not be everything you had hoped for.