2014 Apr 13th

“Superflous Amenities” in Hoboken Condos?

I saw a funny description in the MLS today.  In the advertising remarks for a property listed for sale at an asking price of well over a million dollars, it said:

“A must see for the savvy home buyer not willing to pay high RE TAX & maint fees for superfluous amenities.”

I thought to myself, isn’t that an oxymoron?

Amenity is defined as –

plural noun: amenities
  1. 1.
    a desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place.
    “heating is regarded as a basic amenity”


Superfluous is defined as:

  1. 1.
    unnecessary, esp. through being more than enough.
    “the purchaser should avoid asking for superfluous information”
    synonyms: surplus (to requirements), nonessentialredundantunneededexcess,extra, (to) spare, remainingunused, left over, in excess, waste

It made me wonder, how could something at the same time be desirable, useful and unnecessary?

Either you want a gym, parking, a doorman and a pool or you don’t.   If you  do desire those things, then they are not superfluous.  On the other hand, if you don’t care about them or find them useful then they are not amenities.  But superfluous amenities doesn’t make sense, to me at least.

Either way, you will pay dearly for this particular property, without a pool, parking, doorman, gym or outdoor space.  The taxes alone are over a grand a month.


  1. Craig

    I think certain amenities can be superfluos without it being an oxymoron. For example, I have a jetted tub in my master bath. It’s a nice amenity that I desired. But in reality I never use it. That makes it superflous. A Viking range is also a superflous amenity. It’s great to have, and no one would turn one down if offered to them. But a commercial grade appliance is unecessary in a private residence in that it’s more than enough. It’s not going to cook your food any better than a GE range.

  2. Lori

    I love to cook and have for year. I, personally, would not buy a GE for myself. I have a high-end KitchenAid and my next range will be a Viking or a Thermador. They are just not the same creature.

  3. Craig

    I agree that a Viking, Wolf, Dacor, etc. is not the same creature as the mass market brands – and that’s how it should be given the price premium. But features are more important than brand to the Mrs. If you want a 30″ gas slide in range with double ovens as she did, the luxury brands didn’t offer it. If you can, make sure your next range is a slide-in (as opposed to the typical free-standing style). There’s no NJ sales tax on slide-ins because its considered permanently attached to the property and thus a capital improvement. That’s a big savings when you’re dropping a few grand.

  4. Lori Turoff

    Thanks, Craig. I’ll keep that in mind if and when I redo my kitchen. I really like it the way it is. Small but extremely unique (nothing is stainless!), stylish (yes, without stainless!) and functional.

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