The RealDeal, yesterday, announced the $1.6 million purchase of a three family walk-up in Williamsburg by Christian Rudder, the co-founder of the popular online dating website OkCupid. Rudder was clearly struck with the love arrow on this one.
Rudder, already a Williamsburg resident, acquired this 2,700-square-foot building, which was exclusively listed with Danielle Villalba, a broker with Nest Realty Consultants. For me, personally, this purchase is very intriguing on three levels: Its appearance, the price tag, and the wonderful development that may or may not be undertaken on this classic rowhouse.
- Appearance- The house is a throwback…like just looking at the yellow siding facade makes me want to turn on an episode of All in the Family with the great Archie Bunker (played by the late Carroll O’Connor). The AC units (which I bet will get switched out for Central Air) add to the “gritty-borough aesthetic that can be seldom found in Manhattan.
- Pricetag- Despite being listed for $1.59 million, Rudder and his wife decided to pay 1.6 million dollars for this property. Rudder is a pretty smart guy. So I’m sure he found something worth the extra $10,000 and that is wasn’t money thrown away.
- Makeover- One may not be needed. With Christian Rudder being both an accomplished entrepreneur, it is very possible that this purchase is simply for investment purposes. What this house will look like in two years only adds to the intrigue.
The Blocksy Verdict on 184 North 9th Street
Some are of the opinion that high profile neighborhoods and their high property tax values force buyers to overpay for properties like 184 North 9th Street, which would sell for at least $300,000 less in many other neighborhoods. But on the converse, a home is often only as valuable as the pleasure derived by owner from the immediate surroundings of their property.
Thus, with so many variables factoring into house buying, both seen and unseen, it can be said that a buyer’s choice is generally a rational one, with much of the value being personal, subjective. And thus, a buy always a “good” for the buyer unless their values shift.
To me, this love-at-first-site purchase by the OK Cupid co-founder was a “match made in heaven.”