Well, you know what they say – there’s a sucker born every minute. I wouldn’t go near a basement unit anywhere in town either to buy or even if I were renting. Watching your refrigerator float around like a rubber duck in a bathtub is not my idea of a fun time. But, I guess there are those that don’t mind replacing appliances, furniture or any big ticket items when the next one hits. I’d also avoid any unit that is street level west of Garden.
Sucker born every minute? Many garden units are deeded the backyard, thats the reason they are so attractive to buyers. Historicall speaking, if you live in an area that has never flooded except for Sandy, there is a very good chance it will not flood again until the next Sandy, once every fill in your number years. Obvioulsy, YOU dont want to risk living in a basement unit, thats your perogative. But calling anybody a sucker for living in a unit that flooded once in the last 100 years is just wrong. Is every homeowner living in the Jersey shore a sucker? What about every homeowner who lives in San Francisco, because there will be a big earthquake one day. C’mon…Gilby, stay in your condo on the fourth floor, or whatever, but dont call basement unit buyers suckers.
No, we have no desire to be urban pioneers at this point in our lives and I believe the Lower 9th has years and years to go before it turns around. The up and coming neighborhoods for current gentrification are the Marigny and Bywater. But I’m an Uptown girl.