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post #1651 of 1897
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Or, you can keep your perfectly good, working stove and spend the $1600 on some other shit that you might actually need.

Wrong forum bra
post #1652 of 1897
1.) I do not own this place. Since I am a small-timer I am only renting.

2.) Probably won't be in here for longer than this year. Wife is going to school again next year and won't be able to work full-time. So, to cut expenses we are going to have to move out of the city and to the burbs. Not to keen on taking on extra debt to maintain our lifestyle.

3.) I would mos def paint the joint white.

4.) The light fixtures are fucking awful. Like really awful.

5.) Most of the remodel work is absolute garbage. I could have done a better job just by looking up how to do it on the net webz.

6.) Maybe I'm mistaken, but wouldn't the curtains be very expensive? It is a curved bay window. I don't want to drill or mount anything onto the wood. Wouldn't I need a custom curtain rod, or whatever the fuck you call it?

7.) Yes, the appliances do suck. The remodel stuff was so half-assed.
post #1653 of 1897
Yeah, I'm not suggesting it's your fault. It's clearly not, and I wouldn't bother doing anything to it, but for reference sake, this is a perfect example of everything I hate about home remodeling and leasing: Shitting on historical preservation potential, cutting so many goddamn corners there's nothing worth saving, wasting money/labor/time/resources on impermanent quick fixes that will require another round of wasteful repairs later..........

People just don't fucking get it sometimes and they make life suck.
post #1654 of 1897
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Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post

People just don't fucking get it sometimes and they make life suck.

Surprised you don't blame this on rent control laws.
post #1655 of 1897
We're on the same page.

Just moved to a new city, wanted to live in a central walkable are. Very unique place. Seemed like a once in a lifetime apartment.

If I was a gozollionaire I'd buy this place and all the nearby apartments. It'd be cool to repackage these chopped turn of the century mansions.
post #1656 of 1897
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Originally Posted by mordecai View Post

Surprised you don't blame this on rent control laws.

Rent control probably has some affect, but I think leasing in general leads to this and is the biggest factor. There's little investment incentive because tenants don't take care of shit they have no long term interests in, so landlords are generally going to put in the shittiest appliances, fixtures, and improvements they can get away with to turn a short profit and cut their losses on damages. Same thing happens with masterplanned suburban developments even though they sell, but it's ultimately the responsibility of people to get a fucking clue. People should raise their standards for architecture and housing in exactly the same way they've done so with food. Thankfully, I think this trend is reversing. I hope 1970-2010 is the darkest age of American consumerism.
post #1657 of 1897
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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post

That looks like it's in a hotel, especially with those drapes, table lamp and flowers.

it's the RLPL floor of the RL Mansion on Madison Ave.

That guy at the desk helped me get some fabric swatches for a mtm tux.
post #1658 of 1897
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Originally Posted by Bhowie View Post

We're on the same page.
Just moved to a new city, wanted to live in a central walkable are. Very unique place. Seemed like a once in a lifetime apartment.
If I was a gozollionaire I'd buy this place and all the nearby apartments. It'd be cool to repackage these chopped turn of the century mansions.

Is this place in Back Bay?
post #1659 of 1897
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Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post

Rent control probably has some affect, but I think leasing in general leads to this and is the biggest factor. There's little investment incentive because tenants don't take care of shit they have no long term interests in, so landlords are generally going to put in the shittiest appliances, fixtures, and improvements they can get away with to turn a short profit and cut their losses on damages. Same thing happens with masterplanned suburban developments even though they sell, but it's ultimately the responsibility of people to get a fucking clue. People should raise their standards for architecture and housing in exactly the same way they've done so with food. Thankfully, I think this trend is reversing. I hope 1970-2010 is the darkest age of American consumerism.

Even if better standards were demanded, why would landlords put an effort into nicely renovating or keeping up units that they couldn't ask market value for? All of the anecdotal evidence I've read and heard points to an almost immediate drop off in maintenance and quality of rental units in NY, Boston, and Los Angeles following the expansion of rent control laws.
post #1660 of 1897
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Originally Posted by mordecai View Post

Even if better standards were demanded, why would landlords put an effort into nicely renovating or keeping up units that they couldn't ask market value for? All of the anecdotal evidence I've read and heard points to an almost immediate drop off in maintenance and quality of rental units in NY, Boston, and Los Angeles following the expansion of rent control laws.

Yeah. They definitely wouldn't. Although I get less depressed looking at buildings that are run down than buildings that are renovated poorly. Both still need work, but one didn't waste money to get to reach the same condition.
post #1661 of 1897
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Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post

Yeah. They definitely wouldn't. Although I get less depressed looking at buildings that are run down than buildings that are renovated poorly. Both still need work, but one didn't waste money to get to reach the same condition.

The laws that were put in place to fix the dereliction wrought by rent control are partially responsible for those shitty renovations. Just paint over the wainscoting. Knock out the molding. Replace the window pane details with jalousie. I don't think this is the sole reason for shitty apartments, but it certainly contributes. Horrible taste and LCD appeal certainly do as well.
post #1662 of 1897
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Originally Posted by pscolari View Post

Is this place in Back Bay?

uhoh.gif yes

Not a big fran of the area
post #1663 of 1897
Place looks awesome, Bhowie. No rental is going to be perfect. F the nitpickers.
post #1664 of 1897
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Originally Posted by Bhowie View Post

uhoh.gif yes
Not a big fran of the area

what's not to like? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Boston_backbay_brownstones.jpg
post #1665 of 1897
Bhowie the place looks great.
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