Real Estate

Parking Spaces That Could Make You Rich

Buying individual parking spaces is a little known but extremely appealing real estate play for small investors like Ms. Jones. The obvious selling points are comparatively low prices, steady income, next to no maintenance, and wear and tear limited to the odd oil stain on the cement. Moreover, a growing number of parking apps is making it easier to rent ...

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Getting the House Ready for Winter

Neglect the chores entirely, though, and you could find yourself with a hefty repair bill or a furnace that peters out on a frigid January night — and probably in the middle of a three-day weekend, because isn’t that when things usually go awry? Forget to clean the gutters, and ice could build up, damaging your roof. Drafty windows and ...

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A Tour of Nobu Matsuhisa’s Home Sushi Bar

Nobu Matsuhisa Age 68 Occupation sushi chef; restaurateur; author of “Nobu: A Memoir” (Emily Bestler Books/Atria) Photo The bar setting includes a traditional Daruma doll. Mr. Matsuhisa cooks at home for a select group of diners — his family. “There’s no house specialty,” he said. “They like anything I make.” Credit Emily Berl for The New York Times Location Los ...

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To Fans They’re Tiny Houses. To Businesses They’re Billboards.

Two of the tiny cabins feature a porch with Adirondack chairs, floor-to-ceiling windows, a leather couch, a kitchen, a bathroom and a king-size bed. The third building is set up more as a living room and meeting hub. To encourage people to disconnect from digital distractions, the units are not equipped with televisions or Wi-Fi, Mr. Barnes said. Continue reading ...

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Staying in Crown Heights, Even as It Gentrifies

Rent was $1,200, which was “a lot,” said Ms. Mathis, a court clerk specialist at New York State Surrogate’s Court, but “you sacrifice.” When they moved in, she could afford only beds and curtains at first. Photo Two winters without heat affected Ms. Mathis in unexpected ways, like not being able to have Thanksgiving dinner for her extended family. Credit ...

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A Bedroom for Rover, Maybe Even a Condo

It felt like the obvious thing to do for any loved one under my roof, four-legged or not. In fact, it seemed so natural that I began to wonder what other kinds of dedicated pet spaces animal lovers might have made for their pets. If I, with my limited funds and square footage, had devoted a room — albeit a ...

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An East Side Apartment Where He Could Cook for Friends

For that budget, an apartment in a postwar building on the East Side made sense. “Gian couldn’t care less about trendy neighborhoods,” Mr. Lahav said. “He wasn’t the type of client who would pay a premium. He is a numbers guy. He makes a decision like a computer would.” Photo The bedroom in Mr. Pangilinan’s new apartment. Credit Brad Dickson ...

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Scared of Dark Paint? Don’t Be

For those of us more comfortable with whitewashed walls, however, it’s not so easy to make the leap to eggplant or onyx. But here are some tips from design and color experts on how to use dark colors without becoming overwhelmed — or claustrophobic. Photo Walls painted in Mink from Benjamin Moore create a dramatic entry. START SMALL If you’re ...

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Should You Really Buy That Home?

“An older woman lived in the house,” Ms. Driscoll said. “She flushes the toilet only so many times a day. But a family of four? We were definitely going to create a problem with this sewer pipe.” Their request for a credit to cover the work was denied, so they moved on and wound up buying a smaller house in ...

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Sayville, N.Y.: A Walkable Downtown and Victorians by the Bay

An eclectic mix of accessories and clothing boutiques, home-goods shops like Sayville General Store and some 23 restaurants can be found in the hamlet, along with a four-screen movie theater. “Sayville has such a charm about it, and there is a pride among the residents,” said Angie M. Carpenter, the Islip town supervisor. Continue reading the main story “They hold ...

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