Brick UndergroundFebruary 04, 2013Who doesn't want to avoid a board interview? If you can't afford to buy a condo, then you might want to keep your eyes peeled for sponsor co-op apartments, two of which commanded a top spot on this weekend's Open House Scorecard -- the 10 open houses StreetEasy users saved to their open-house planners more often than any others this weekend.
A two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op on 86th Street and West End Avenue on the Upper West Side is a sponsor unit on the market for $1.125m. That means you won’t need board approval before you can move into the prewar unit, which has southern exposures for natural light, a w/d hookup, a new windowed kitchen and renovated and windowed bathrooms. T It’s a block from the subway and crosstown bus and there’s a live-in super, but the doorman only works from 8 a.m. through midnight. Note: This one has been on the market for almost three months (with the price recently reduced by $75,000) so there may be a catch or two that's not obvious from the listing.
Over in Brooklyn Heights on a cul-de-sac on Grace Court and Furman Street, $629k is enough to get you a two-bedroom, one-bath co-op (no board approval necessary!). The full-service building has a doorman, live-in super and a common roof deck. But the unit itself requires some renovation, so you'll need to have your contractor in tow.
Though it’s not a sponsor unit, you might brave a board interview to move into a $1.15m two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op for which the seller will pay the flip tax. Located on West End Avenue and 103rd Street, the prewar apartment is in its original condition and features high ceilings, oversized framed archways, detailed moldings, French doors, a fireplace mantel and herringbone floors. The eat-in kitchen is windowed, and the maid’s room with a private bath can also serve as a bedroom or home office. The second bedroom can function as a den or dining room.
For more sponsor units (or any other kind of apartment), check out the rest of the Scorecard below.
1. 132 Prospect Place—2-bed co-op, $519k
2. 349 West 21st Street—2-bed co-op, $1.095m
3. 54 East 8th Street—2-bed co-op, $675k
4. 215 Park Place—2-bed condo, $800k
5. 61 Horatio Street—1-bed co-op, $749k
6. 305 West 86th Street—2-bed co-op, $1.125m
7. 370 9th Street—2-bed co-op, $865k
8. 2 Grace Court—2-bed co-op, $629k
9. 2 Fifth Avenue—1-bed co-op, $895k
10. 885 West End Avenue—2-bed co-op, $1.15m