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Deal or No Deal?

205 W. 95th St., Apt. 5B
Brokers: Jon Abeles and Stanley Krauze, Corcoran (212-401-1908)

The Gist
A sizable (approximately 800 square feet) one-bedroom co-op. Large bedroom, renovated kitchen and bath, sunken living room with French doors leading to an officelike nook, and lots of windows and closet space.

Illustration by Mark Nerys  

The Problem: Bad Block
A sketchy block. There’s an SRO (the Camden Resident Hotel) directly across the street, a sizable parking garage, and endless construction on Broadway for the 96th Street subway station. “It’s not that beautiful, tree-lined Upper West Side block,” says broker Jon Abeles. “It’s definitely on the industrial side.”

The Savings
A couple of blocks to the south, an identical apartment would fetch some $100,000 more, says Abeles. After the subway stop’s rebuilt, prices will likely go up a bit, too.

The Rationalization
Camden residents tend to convene on the stoop, and neighbors have complained about late-night noise. But things are quiet on the fifth floor, especially since the bedroom is in the back. The apartment’s owner, Ben Weiner, says he hasn’t had problems: “Sometimes you’ll see a person walking down the street in the middle of winter with no shirt on. But mostly they stay on their side of the street.”


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