Backstory Part II – Open House after Open House after Open House

Yoav and I came to the conclusion early on (before I proposed, but after we said “I love you”) that real estate was going to be a top priority early on in our relationship. We both owned our own co-ops. He bought his small one bedroom, close to Riverside Park south of 110th Street back in the late 90s. I bought my very small studio (294 sq. ft.) in a pre-war doorman building in Hell’s Kitchen in 2010. It was fairly clear that we both wanted to buy a place together to make “our” home in, and not try to fit our lives into the others place (which would be impossible in my tiny studio). A place that we both love and look forward to building our future in.

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Backstory Part I– Love and the Pursuit of Happiness

Allow me to introduce myself…

My name is Devyn and I am not your typical gay middle-aged man. I was born and raised in Central California and from a very young age I had dreams of a life in Manhattan always followed by the fears of making that dream come true. Well, in 2007, after living in Chicago for eight years, I set my fears aside, sold my loft and decided to fulfill my dream of a life in Manhattan. I have never looked back.

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Contract Signed…

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Contract Signed…. It is official! And we are super excited! We have signed the dotted line on a fixer upper one bedroom apartment in a 1910 building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Welcome to this Half Classic Six, my blog about the adventures of finding, buying, renovating, fixing up, restoring, DIY’ing, and decorating a part of New York housing legacy. As well as general musings about life in Manhattan.

In about 8-12 weeks (God willing), we will close on our new home and the adventure will begin! In the posts to follow I hope to tell our tale of finding real estate bliss in Manhattan and turning it into our dream home.

I hope you will join us on our journey of making a dream come true.