What 3 Things Matter Most?

The sad truth is that finding a good New York apartment is difficult. But, hey, this is New. York. City. The center of everything, where everyone wants to be. There’s a reason that apartments are hard to find. Before you start looking, take time to identify the three most important things you need in your new apartment. Just three. Anything else is a bonus. […]

By |December 19th, 2013|Apartment Living|

Top 5 Craziest Roommate Stories

Here’s a collection of some of the weirdest, wildest, and creepiest roommate stories from around the web. All of them have been paraphrased from the originals in order to keep things nice and tidy. There is, of course, no way to verify the legitimacy of any of these stories (since many of them are user-submitted on sites like Jezebel and Reddit), but some of them are so strange they couldn’t have been made up. 1. Creepy Creeper (YouTube user: Joe Cummings) Judge for yourself whether this is the craziest “roommate” you’ve ever seen. Ever felt like there’s a creepy creeper in the room with you? Suspicious that your roommate is eating your food when you’re not there? Most of the time those are simply that: feelings and suspicions. But sometimes they’re not. Now we’re not saying you should set up a nanny cam every time you’re worried, but check out what this guy found when he did just that: […]

By |November 6th, 2013|Apartment Living|

The 10 Most Creative Apartment Buildings in the World

10. Habitat 67 – Montreal, Canada (1967) Created for the International and Universal Exposition held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1967 (considered by some to be the most successful World’s Fair of all time), Habitat was designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. What started out as a master’s thesis in architecture at McGill University was built as a pavilion for Expo 67. The architectural marvel contains 354 identifcal concrete units that are just arranged and stacked differently. Each unit has its own private terrace, up to 90 square meters in size.

Habitat 67

Photographer: Brian Pirie from Ottawa, Canada


By |October 9th, 2013|Apartment Living|

NYC’s Potential Basement Bonanza

Anyone who’s lived outside of Manhattan knows the deal: there are dozens of basement dwellings up for rent any day of the week in the five boroughs. Known as ADUs (accessory dwelling units), they’re nearly all based out of row houses and condos in outer boroughs, particularly in low-rent neighborhoods. You won’t be able to find them on all the major sites, however, because these spaces are, and always have been, illegal.  Even with all the standard requirements — two exits, windows, proper ventilation, running hot water, etc — these units are illegal because they are more than 50% below ground. If you’ve ever lived in your parents’ basement, it’s not hard to see why the city has outlawed these dwellings for decades. Most landlords don’t bother keeping their basements furnished or in any state of repair, and they don’t have to because basement renters won’t complain. They’re caught in the catch-22 of NYC apartment rentals: they can’t report irresponsible landlords, and they won’t report them because basements are so cheap. […]

By |September 17th, 2013|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

5 Steps to Reducing Apartment-Search Anxiety

Anyone who has ever embarked on the search for their perfect New York City apartment can tell you, it’s not easy. It can be extremely frustrating and, at times, you may even feel hopelessly discouraged. But, before you experience some long-awaited relief on move-in day, there are a few simple steps you can take to reduce the stress caused by New York real estate. […]

By |September 12th, 2013|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

3 Tips to Help You Find That Dream Apartment

We all wish brokers are apartment genies. You tell them what you want, and they make it so – in exchange for a giant fee. However, that’s not always the case. We’ve all heard horror stories of bait and switches, deposit thieves and greedy management companies. I have lived through all of these things and survived. My roommate and I just spent the last month looking for a two bedroom apartment in Williamsburg for no more than $2,000 a month. Over the weeks, we amassed the numbers of dozens of brokers and even grew to know them personally. But as each one of them learned our requirements, their reactions ranged from telling us we will never ever find that — “not even in Bushwick!” — to outright laughing in our faces. So where am I now? An adorable $1,900 two-bedroom apartment in the heart of Williamsburg. Here are three tips to help you also find your perfect apartment. […]

By |August 29th, 2013|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

Apartment Hunting in a High Speed Market: What Can You Do?

“There are those gems of apartments we see and just know it’s the one. Location. Check. Price is right. Check. Apartment is big AND has character. Check.” And then it just slips right through your fingers. […]

By |July 26th, 2013|Apartment Living, Renter Tips|

New York City Rent Increases

What would you do if your rent shot up? Would you stick around and take the hit or would you look for a new place? We interviewed NYC renters that are experiencing or have experienced rent increases and asked them how they plan to proceed. […]

By |May 18th, 2013|Apartment Living, Market Data|

Why Are You Apartment Hunting?

By |May 10th, 2013|Apartment Living, Market Data|

Renting Around the World

Sometimes New York City can feel like the most expensive place in the world. We at Naked Apartments wanted to find out if this was actually the case. We took a look at some of the most expensive cities around the world in order to see how their costs of living and renting compare to [...]

By |April 29th, 2013|Apartment Living|