I have heard a lot about the quaint section of Brooklyn called DUMBO, which is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Wanting to learn more, but not in a position to get there easily, I resorted to YouTube to get my education.
WOW! Who knew there were so many videos about this little section of Brooklyn? I found videos ranging from professional real estate people to people flying drones over the park. NY Habitat published a 2-part series about DUMBO 5 years ago. The video shows all the cool places to visit, how to get to DUMBO from Manhattan and, of course, a short advertisement on staying at their fully furnished vacation rentals and apartments.
Most of the videos are created by individuals showcasing all of the hot spots and touristy areas around the waterfront. They all seem to have a common theme, in that they all mention the great art you will see in the neighborhood, the historic architecture, the views of Manhattan, and the cobblestone streets. I watched 2 videos that were posted 2 months apart and both had a newlywed couple taking wedding pictures by the water.
Eventually, I found a couple of YouTube videos for people that are looking for DUMBO apartment rentals. One of the videos covered three properties available in DUMBO through Two Trees Management. The apartments in the video looked pretty nice, so I went and checked out the company’s website. It took me a little by surprise when I found out the company has 6 properties in DUMBO, and another 3 properties in neighboring Brooklyn Heights.
Renting an apartment in New York is definitely different than renting an apartment in California. I am learning that NYC has a deal called a No Fee rental. Apparently, a lot of complexes use real estate agents to advertise their rentals, and if you find an apartment through one of these agents, you have to pay them a fee that is equal to 10% of the annual rental price. So, I have been instructed to look for apartments that are advertising ‘no fee.’ Which, as you may guess, means that you don’t have to pay an agent that 10% commission.
I haven’t decided for sure if I am switching coasts, I am not sure I can handle the winters or the traffic in New York.