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What’s the deal with Heath Ledger’s apartment? What on earth could cost $23,000 a month?

Since the New York Post has already released the address, there’s not much harm in describing the inside of 421 Broome — a keyed elevator opens into a 4,400-square-foot loft with 2.5 baths and a big open kitchen.421 Broome (Heath Ledger apartment building) interior

Loft rentals — my second deal at DG Neary was a five-figure Tribeca rental so I know whereof I speak — are generally priced off ceiling height, kitchens, windows and location.

421 Broome (Heath Ledger apartment building) floorplanIf anything this loft was a little skimpy on outdoor space. But what made the apartment spectacular was its location — one of the best in New York — and its authentic detailing. Not only was there exposed brick, there were also the original cast-iron Corinthian columns from the original 19th-century building.

It was a shame that this star, who moved so many of us on screen, didn’t get longer to enjoy it.

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Posted 9 years, 5 months ago at 7:26 pm.

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I’m a floorplan novice. How do I figure out the square footage of an apartment?

There’s a lot on this site about floorplans — you can cruise around and find my quotes in the Times about this subject — but the main thing to realize is that you’re not buying a floorplan. You’re buying an apartment, and all a floorplan is meant to do is to be a tool for thinking about the apartment.

To that end, you’ll want to compare the sizes of different apartments, and you may be noticing that the published square footage isn’t always . . . reliable.

So the first thing to do is to check the footprint of the apartment. If the apartment is a box that’s roughly 20 feet by 50 feet, it’s okay to start with a square footage approximation of 1,000 square feet.

How do you figure out how long and wide and apartment is? Well, until you get me or an appraiser in there with a laser tape, you just add up the dimensions on the floorplan. It will help you to know:

* a standard bathtub length is five feet;

* the standard width for a galley kitchen with counters on both sides is eight feet;

* the distance from the outside edge of a hanger to the back wall of a closet is two feet.

Happy shopping!

Posted 10 years, 2 months ago at 2:23 pm.

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I want to add an interior bedroom to a Tribeca loft, any ideas?

Apologies for the distortion on this floorplan, I don’t have time to Photoshop it.

You can see this is a rectangular loft divided into roughly three “zones.” Top is a square living block; the LR is on the right, with the entry, kitchen, powder room and laundry on the left of that block. The bottom block, the south end, is the two bedrooms. The master is left, with an ensuite master bath.

Now look at what’s in the middle — two rooms that connect the private and public areas of the house. On the left is the library/playroom., and on the right is the home office/guest bedroom — on top. The loft’s third bath Jack-and-Jills between the apartment’s second bedroom and the home office, creating a flexible space.

Since I downloaded this floorplan from an Elliman listing, I guess now is the time to point out that I love that Elliman broker, who asked me if he could remain anonymous. So he can, of course. Walkerfloorplan.gif

Posted 10 years, 5 months ago at 1:29 pm.

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Welcome to Front Porch’s page about counting rooms

Dartmouth Floor PlanIf you’re counting the number of rooms in an NYC apartment, the rule is simple: a separate kitchen is a room. A bathroom is not.

Thus a “two-room studio” is a room where you would live and sleep, attached to a room with a kitchen in it.

A “one-room” studio (which realtors would just call a “gigantic studio” or “cozy studio,” depending on size) is a room where you would live and sleep with a kitchen built along one wall (that’s called a Pullman).

Also, “bedrooms” in NYC-real estate agent speak have windows.

Thus an apartment with a bedroom, living room, and kitchen is a three-room apartment; a room with a bedroom, living room, kitchen and non-windowed alcove is a one-bedroom, 3.5-room apartment; and a room with a bedroom, living room, kitchen and windowed alcove, while it is also a one-bedroom, 3.5-room apartment is advertised as a “junior four” or a “convertible two-bedroom” because you could wall off the dining alcove and make a fourth room and stick a baby in there, if you chose to eat standing up in the kitchen for the rest of your life.

These definitions seems to be merely terms of art — I spent a morning reading the NYC building code and found the definition of a “chimney” but not a “bedroom,” but they’re pretty widely used.

Also a “Classic” is a big pre-war apartment with little tiny bedrooms for the servants. So a “Classic Seven” is a living room, dining room, kitchen, three adult bedrooms, and a maid’s room.

The left-hand apartment (in green) in the illustration above is a Classic Seven. The four-room apartment to its right would be marketed as a two-bedroom. Image of the Dartmouth courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Posted 11 years, 2 months ago at 2:07 pm.

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