2013 May 7th

“Gourmet Kitchen” in Hoboken? Not So Fast

Every day, I see listing descriptions for Hoboken condos that say things like this:

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.

Great Lighting – This means recessed, overhead  ceiling light but also task lighting such as under-counter  LED lighting , pendants over the island and eating areas to show meals in their best light.oak

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.

  1. Craig

    The truth is there is no universal consensus on what a gourmet kitchen is. It’s more a term of art. If you consider the definition of the word, it becomes apparent it’s silly to apply it to a room. Most agents consider any updated kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances to be “gourmet”. Which is absurd. The fact is few condos are going to have anything that can be considered a gourmet kitchen because they don’t have the space or equipment required to meet the most commonly accepted definitions.

    In addition to the things Lori lists, usually features that would have to be included to meet the terminology include dual sinks in different locations in the room, a pot filler at the stove, double wall oven, etc. My kitchen is big by Hoboken standards at a little over 100 sq. ft. with counter space and cherry wood cabinets on 3 sides of that. It has stainless steel/granite, LED recessed lighting, and I installed a glass tile backsplash. But despite all those upgrades, it’s nowhere close to what I’d consider gourmet. You’d really need a house for that. That said, upgrade your kitchens and bathrooms as best you can people. That’s what sells homes!

  2. JC

    Good post Lori. I love how you throw stainless steel appliances into a crap kitchen and all of a sudden its an updated kitchen. “gourmet kitchens” are just part of the art of brokerbabble. Pictures are more important in my view, in fact I rarely read the broker babble ever. All sounds the same anyway. Curbed has some hysterical broker babble articles.

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  4. Lori Turoff

    I wish I could fill the ad remarks of my next listing with “and all the usual brokerbabble”. It does become meaningless. I also fault our MLS for forcing us to use outdated, inadequate listing forms. We can’t distinguish between a balcony or a terrace, a bedroom and a den, a private yard or common one. Pathetically inadequate and they simply can’t be bothered to change them.

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