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Joan Rivers' Opulent NYC Penthouse Lists at $29.5 Million

Joan Rivers' opulent penthouse apartment is for sale at an asking price of $29.5 million. The comedienne's 5,190-square-foot pad, known as the Spencer Condominium, is situated atop one of the Upper East Side's greatest pre-war limestone mansions, less than half a block from Fifth Avenue. Designed by Horace Trumbauer --... Continue Reading »

Woman Lives in 90-Square-Foot New York Apartment

Watch your knees in the bathroom ... careful you don't knock down those towering shelves ... and don't bang your head on the ceiling in the loft! Those are words to live by for New Yorker Felice Cohen, who lives in a 90-square-foot apartment. (That's her in her loft bed at left.) That's right, it's just 12 feet long by 7... Continue Reading »

Dealing With Mold in a Rental Apartment

Mold and Other Rental Nightmares Two months after Kim Johnson moved into her new rental apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, she started to have trouble breathing. She took herself to an allergist and discovered she was highly allergic to mold. Suspicious, Johnson started examining her apartment and discovered black mold on... Continue Reading »

Changing Rentals? Save on Your Next Move

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, renters have much higher rates of moving than homeowners. The website, Costhelper.com, shows that the average cost of hiring a mover for a two-bedroom apartment runs from $300 to $450, and a three-bedroom unit could cost as much as $600 to 900. So it stands to reason that moving every... Continue Reading »

Make Moving Easy With a Moving Checklist

The first thing Niamh Cahill did after she signed a contract to buy her new home in New Jersey was to map out a moving checklist. "I had to break it down, to think small at first," she said. "If I thought about the whole move, I would have been completely overwhelmed." So she called the movers, set a date, and then... Continue Reading »

How to Rent an Apartment for Cheap

Allison G. wanted to move to a nice one-bedroom apartment in Beverly Hills for as little rent per month as possible. Though the median for a one bedroom in the area is $1,850 a month, Allison found her dream apartment--with outdoor space, hardwood floors and parking -- for under $1,400. When you're in the market to rent... Continue Reading »

Apartment Fire Safety Tips

After a Friday night out on the town, Cheryl was looking forward to coming home to her nice cozy apartment. But she was in for a huge shock. As Cheryl drove up her street she saw a large blaze, and in front of her apartment complex, fire engines. Along with many other residents, Cheryl lost her home. And it turns out that... Continue Reading »

Best Ways to Cool Down Your Rental

When summer rolls around, it can mean the start of vacation, a new romance or more outdoor activities, but for many renters it means the start of hot, stifling, sweaty apartments. While some solutions are obvious, most renters are unaware of the long list of options available. From changing lightbulbs to switching window... Continue Reading »

Recipes for Beating the Heat in Your Apartment's Kitchen

At 6:30 a.m. today, temperatures in New York City had already reached the mid 80s. While we wouldn't blame any of you for shunning the stove in favor of an ice cream cone today, the heat does not necessarily have to keep urban apartment dwellers from eating delicious, healthy meals. The following ideas should keep your... Continue Reading »

Easy Steps to Going Green in Your Apartment

Dear Apartment Guru, It seems like you usually answer inter-personal questions -- but my question is just about being a renter. Especially since this oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I am really concerned about ways I can make my apartment more environmentally polite. But most of what I am finding that might actually... Continue Reading »

Apartment Design Blogs: July 4th Grilling Tips

Backyards and barbecue are the stuff that Independence Day dreams are made of, but a lack of green space doesn't mean you should abandon all hope of fun on the Fourth. Grilled burgers and vegetables charred to perfection are not out of reach for apartment dwellers, thanks to the impressive array of grilling equipment,... Continue Reading »

HUD Apartment: Can You Live in One If You're Under 62?

Dear Apartment Guru, I moved in with my grandmother about seven months ago when my roommate moved out and left me high and dry. I recently found out that my gram lives in a HUD-subsidized elderly community. One of our insane neighbors is freaking out because she keeps saying that she was told that this community was for... Continue Reading »

Tips for Finding a Rental Apartment

After moving into his rental apartment in San Francisco, Joshua Nicholas found out the hard way that checking out his apartment manager was just as important as checking out the neighbors. Nicholas expected thin walls and ceilings, but soon after moving into his ground-floor rental apartment, he found that the woman... Continue Reading »

Luxury Apartment Rentals Are Hot Again

With amenities that include outdoor spas, poolside cabanas, private wine lockers, 24-hour fitness centers with views of the city -- who wouldn't want to live in an apartment these days? In Chicago, the big bets developers made by building nearly 1,300 new downtown apartments in 2009 appear to be paying off, big... Continue Reading »

Where There's (Pot) Smoke There's Fire

Dear Apartment Guru, I am a building manager who is running into some issues with a few of my tenants. It would seem that a few of them are smoking marijuana. Then there is my one tenant who calls me regularly to tell on them. The tattletale is a new tenant. Everyone else has lived there for a while. They are all good... Continue Reading »

NYC's Stuy Town Can Be Foreclosed, Says Judge: Tenants to Make Bid

The saga of a massive New York apartment complex in default is one step closer to a happy ending for its tenants. A federal court ruled on Monday that Manhattan's Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village can be foreclosed on and sold at auction. This action paves the way for the tenants association to bid the complex. "This... Continue Reading »

Smoker Rights in a Smoke-Free Building

Dear Apartment Guru, I have been living in my Buffalo, N.Y. apartment for six years. I am, and have been a cigarette smoker the entire time. Lately several of my neighbors have been making such a big deal about those of us who smoke in the building, that our building management has decided to make the building smoke... Continue Reading »

Apartment Design Blogs: Letting Summer Sink In

Some of our favorite design blogs have been summer-obsessed this week, digging up chic mobile planters, finding the coolest campsite-inspired decor, and bringing beachside flair inside. Here's a roundup of ideas sure to transform your apartment into a private respite from the season's concert crowds and sticky humidity.... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: Move Over, Dad's Moving In

Dear Apartment Guru, My dad asked if he could move in with me for a few weeks this summer. He has to be out of his house due to a whole host of complications that have been coming up for him since late last year, when he lost his job. He has a new job that is really close to where I live, so I think he just sees it as the... Continue Reading »

Ace of Space: Display Your Collections

Living in a small space doesn't mean you have to give up prized collections. Displaying collections is an excellent way to decorate your home. The trick is figuring out how to organize your collections so you can exhibit them creatively. Here's how to show your collections without turning your apartment into a clutter... Continue Reading »

Rogue Restaurants Are a Growing Trend

First, it was lobster rolls in Brooklyn. Now it's coq au vin in Fort Lauderdale. What's the common thread? Apartment dwellers taking a chance -- and flouting the law -- to make a go of it as underground restaurateurs right in their home kitchens. These types of less-than-legal establishments have come to be known in the... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: Living With Cassanova

Dear Apartment Guru, I moved into an apartment recently that came with a roommate. I am a woman in my twenties. He is a man in his thirties. At first it seemed like a good match. We have similar musical tastes, both like to watch dumb reality TV and are happy to share the household grocery bills.... Continue Reading »

Neighborly Revenge With the 'Dear Girls Above Me'

Bad neighbors should be avoided at all costs, since there are so many ways that living beside strangers in the close quarters of an apartment building can go wrong: hearing the awkward sounds of copulation; inadvertently catching late-night arguments in which you shouldn't be involved; smelling the consequences of a... Continue Reading »

Apartment Baby-Proofing: Creating a Temporary Safe Zone

Just because you haven't gotten around to having your own kids yet, doesn't mean your friends or family members haven't been procreating. So what do you do when a dinner turns into a playdate? Here are 10 tips for temporarily baby-proofing your home, so all can enjoy your delicious dinner without worrying about Junior... Continue Reading »

Los Angeles Rental: Miracle Mile 2BR for $1,795

Among the many advantages of having an older apartment is: Its layout is often conducive to separating communal living space from bedroom space. This comes in particularly handy when you find yourself hosting overnight guests or have a roommate -- everyone gets their own space. And in well-priced two-bedroom,... Continue Reading »

Ace of Space: Decorate Without a TV

Have you noticed that most living rooms are oriented around the television? Imagine how different the design of your home could be without the TV as your main focus. For instance, I gave my television away a few years ago and it changed my view of design and how I entertain guests. I didn't realize how much we oriented... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: Paying for Groceries Not Rent

Hi Apartment Guru, My friend of many years invited me to stay with her in her one-bedroom apartment for the summer (four months). I didn't ask to share her apartment, she offered. I came down for the summer holidays to work and save money for school -- so I work one full-time job and one part-time job. Although I saved... Continue Reading »

World's Most New York-Centric Apartment for Rent

In Manhattan, there's one apartment whose decor will remind you over and over again exactly in which city you are nestled. Designer-owner Gail Maidman's two-bedroom apartment -- which she refurbished as an homage to the Big Apple -- has been put on sale with one major prerequisite. The future occupant must love New... Continue Reading »

Southern California's Biggest Landlords on Way to Rental Recovery

For over a year we've reported a decline in the prices for both homes and rentals. Apartment listings have even offered bonuses -- everything from months free to discount cards to gym memberships -- for signing on the dotted line and taking an apartment off the market. But indicators from some of the biggest landlords... Continue Reading »

Apartment Guru: Living in an Unfinished Building

Dear Apartment Guru, I moved into a new building before some major parts of the shared areas were completed. Our elevators only work occasionally and electricity is turned off and on at random during the day. There is still no carpeting in the hallways and sometimes I find the front door has been propped open by... Continue Reading »

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