Apartment living: What you get – Hasso Hering


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Apartment living: What you get

Written August 14th, 2014 by Hasso Hering
View from the kitchen, all set up for dinner.

View from the kitchen, all set up for dinner.

Last winter, construction of a 90-unit apartment complex in Albany was halted for nearly two months because of a missing wetlands permit. I reported on the snag when it was resolved in January, and now that the “Plumtree Luxury Apartments” at 34th Avenue and Hill Street are partly completed, I visited the place again. Not having lived in an apartment since college, I was wondering what you get these days for about $1,000 a month in rent.

100_1411In this case, in that price range what you get is 1,029 square feet of living space with two 10 x 11-foot bedrooms and two baths, along with walk-in closets, a convenient dining area next to the “open bar” kitchen and stainless steel appliances, not to mention a balcony with a handy storage closet.

100_1408What you also get is exercise if you live on the second or third floors. The units have 9-foot ceilings, so the stairs seem extra long and there’s no elevator. There’s also going to be one small pool for the complex, and there’s a fitness center as well.

Base rents range from $795 for a 728-foot one-bedroom unit to $1,250 for 1,204 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. On Wednesday the property manager told me that all but 25 of the 90 units had been leased even as workers were still finishing some of the buildings and the grounds. Nearby, facing 34th, construction is under way on an additional 24 units.

Tenants can have pets — for an additional $25 a month — and there will be a dog run on the premises. Fittingly, the vestibule of the leasing office had both cookies and dog biscuits, one plate of each. (hh)

The Plumtree Apartments with the clubhouse in the center.

The Plumtree Apartments with the clubhouse in the center.

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