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While many city dwellers head for the ‘burbs when they decide to expand their family, many opt to stay and raise a family in the city. Surrounded by diverse neighbors and cultural advantages, from Broadway to exhibits at the Met to a wealth of ethnic restaurants, it is completely possible to raise a family in the city; you just have to know where to look.
Admittedly, finding enough space for a family in Manhattan is a little tricky. But you compromise on things like big backyards for the local parks that dot each neighborhood and give kids the freedom to run—and no mowing the lawn required. Families tend to flock to the city’s East Side, where there are a lot of private schools. And the median price of the three-bedroom rental is around $7,900 a month. Buyers may be interested to learn that the median sales price of a Manhattan two-bedroom apartment was $1.35 million.
However, the biggest issue for the average family living in NYC is finding space. To this end, several blogs can provide great advice on making the most of an NYC apartment so that you have plenty of space for parents and kids and all the accouterments.
Here are a few things to consider as you look for a home:
A larger room can be separated into more using temporary walls. There are companies that provide these services, and the fee usually includes an eventual removal fee. For some families, you may not need a full out entirely separated room, just a little definition. In these cases, you can use screens or bookcases to divide a space. Bookcases as dividers also provide extra storage space.
Look for furniture pieces that do double duty as storage units. Some companies design especially with apartment living in mind and make pieces that can be folded or compacted to make more room. Beds, tables, and even dressers can be compacted and may do double duty.
Make room under the bed. Conventional beds can often be raised enough to place drawers underneath them, while kids rooms can use bunk beds and high rise beds under which you can place the rest of the room’s furnishings, such as a desk and dresser. In the living room, look for furniture that is also storage friendly, like an ottoman/storage unit or even a coffee table with shelving beneath it.
Even the backs of doors can double as more space. Hang a shoe rack on the back of the door, but you don’t have to fill it with shoes. You can stuff everything from stray toys to T-shirts in the convenient compartments, to keep your small space organized.
Organize everything. From the kitchen to the bedroom, fill trays and bowls with things you use the most, like keys and even jewelry. This way there will be no stray clutter making the place smaller and you’ll save time getting ready in the morning with no frantic searching for stuff.