The instructor stuns TikTok with ‘secret’ behind her New York condominium: ‘[It] do not hassle me ‘
Hattie Kolp’s TikTok account, which is tracking her life in New York City, went viral for an unusual reason. It’s Kolp’s apartment, which is absolutely amazing.
New York real estate has been the brunt of the joke on TikTok before, but Kolp’s pre-war apartment on the Upper West Side really is something to be jealous of.
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The 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is rent-controlled and costs a cool $ 1,300 a month. Rent-controlled apartments – that is, rent is not subject to market increases – are hard to come by in New York. Usually the only way to get one is through a family member, which was the case with Kolp.
“I grew up in my apartment and put the lease in my name when my parents retired and moved out of town a few years ago,” she told In The Know.
“This really is the secret of life in NYC,” wrote a TikToker in one of Kolp’s videos. “Families are sticking to apartments like Draw 4 in Uno lol.”
Kolp’s apartment was built in the 1890s and is another rarity in New York. Many pre-war apartments on the market have been renovated by landlords, but Kolp’s family was able to keep the apartment with some of its original details and “charm”.
“In addition to the high price I pay, I will never give up my apartment, otherwise the landlord would renovate it thoroughly and raise the rent to the market price, which would not help anyone,” added Kolp.
Some TikTok commentators have accused Kolp of “gifting” the apartment. It’s a review she denies as she’s still paying the monthly rent and the cost of repairs – which is usually a great deal in an old building.
As a special education teacher, Kolp knows that she would otherwise never be able to afford an apartment of this size.
“I am infinitely grateful for the situation I am in,” she said. “It was the greatest blessing in my life.”
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Other TikTok commentators, more familiar with New York real estate, have stated that anyone in their right mind would do the same as Kolp if given the chance.
One commenter estimated that if Kolp’s room was left to a landlord, it could cost $ 15,000 a month – an especially insane number considering how many amenities Kolp sacrificed to keep the apartment on their behalf.
“There are no amenities like a dishwasher or washing machine [and] Dryer, but I really don’t mind, ”she said. “New York City gives you either space or amenities (unless you can afford to spend nearly $ 10,000 a month). [and] I would choose a seat every time. “
Of course we also had to ask Kolp about her favorite part of the apartment.
“So hard to choose!” She answered. “I really love the butler’s pantry. With original features like window cabinets and a dumbwaiter (!!) you will feel like you are in another time. I painted it shiny dark green, put wallpaper in the cupboards and laid a black and white tile floor. “
Excuse me as I bubble jealously from my flexible wall bedroom.
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