Every day, I see listing descriptions for Hoboken condos that say things like this:
- Gourmet Kitchen
- Chef’s Kitchen
- Kitchen Boasts High-End Appliances
- Open Kitchen Plan
What exactly is a “gourmet kitchen“? Also, how does a kitchen (or any other room) boast? It really irks me when agents write that a room “boasts” of something. Rooms can’t talk.
Zillow posted an interesting piece on what really makes a kitchen ‘gourmet’. I thought it would be interesting to run down a little checklist that maybe agents could refer to when deciding if a kitchen is really ‘a chef’s or gourmet kitchen’.
Professional Grade Appliances – we’re talking Viking, Wolfe, Electrolux, and Jade, not GE Profile.
Surfaces Matter – Counters that don’t burn, stain, scratch or discolor. Chefs are able to put a hot pot down on a stone counter top or roll out chilled dough on marble.
Storage Made for Cooking – pots and pans in easy reach, lazy susans in corner cabs, pull-out pantries, purpose-built cabinets with roll-out shelves and built-in spice racks, a good knife rack and a place for your cook books.
Easy Clean Up – A restaurant-style sprayer on a double and extra-deep sink, double-drawer dishwashers.
Open Floor Plan – with a big island and plenty of work surface. A kitchen that can accommodate two cooks.
If a kitchen doesn’t have the bulk of these features, it is simply not a “Chef’s Kitchen” no matter what the listing says. Granted, Hoboken condos are smaller than suburban homes. Yet I see so few kitchens in Hoboken that even have a nice backsplash and under-counter lighting. Most condos have the lower-end contractor grade appliances that came with the unit years ago. Few have any sort of special cabinetry to make storage easy. Now–if you really want to upgrade your kitchen, even a small one, these items can make a huge difference. Not only will your time spent cooking be more enjoyable and efficient but your property value will be increased as your home will truly stand out from the crowd.
Yes, that would be as in Nathan Turoff, of the same Turoff family as the Turoff Realty Team.