In an effort to be as efficient as possible, most real estate listings have abbreviated terms for features in an apartment. Below are helpful definitions of the most frequently used terms.
Four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bedroom usually means a sleeping area with a window and a closet, but the definition may vary in different places.
Is a room with a toilet, a sink and a bathtub.
Has a toilet, a sink and a shower.
Has only a toilet and a sink.
The term ‘classic’ generally refers to a prewar apartment building and the number 6 to the number of rooms. In other words, a classic six is a prewar apartment with six rooms: living room, formal dining room, kitchen, plus two full sized bedrooms, and a smaller third bedroom typically referred to as the maid's room.
A prewar apartment with seven full rooms (one additional full sized bedroom more than a classic six)
A prewar apartment with eight full rooms (two additional full sized bedrooms more than a classic six)
A real estate term for a congenial apartment found in most modern buildings.
Decorative fireplace (non functional)
Floor to ceiling windows.
Formal dining room
Anything of value that is permanently attached to or a part of real property. (Real estate legally is called real property, while movables are called personal property). Examples of fixtures include, installed wall-to-wall carpeting, light fixtures, window coverings, landscaping and so on. Fixtures are a frequent subject of buyer and seller disputes. When in doubt, get it in writing.
For rent by owner
A full kitchen in which there are two sides, and one would walk through the center
Hard Wood floors
A studio apartment with a sleeping alcove
A one bedroom apartment with a separate dining room or dining alcove
Near best schools
Pass through window in kitchen to dining room or living room (typically found in galley kitchens)
A once popular method of space saving, it resembles a closet at first glance. Behind the doors, are two burners, a small sink and usually, a mini refrigerator.
Powder room or half bath
A private outdoor space, typically larger than your everyday balcony.
Pressurized walls are permissible for conversion
Wood burning fireplace
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