The next time you're kvetching about your apartment's shortcomings, consider 27-year-old Atossa Movahedi's one-bedroom Chelsea apartment. The New York Times tells the story of Atossa's search for something within her price range that wasn't a studio and located in one of her preferred neighborhoods. After living with roommates in various Manhattan neighborhoods, she was determined to find a place to call her own for about $1,600 a month.
When it became obvious her budget and vision wouldn't work together, she reconsidered and increased what she was willing to pay for monthly rent. After a long, frustrating search, Movahedi found something she could live with in her now apartment, but the place isn't perfect — the apartment is missing a bathroom sink. She says the shortcoming doesn't really bother her (she notes that her hairdresser doesn't even have a bathroom) and said, "It forces me to do my dishes right away. I make sure the kitchen is really clean."
Would you sign a lease on an apartment with no bathroom sink?