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Jared Kushner Buys 17 East Village Rentals for $130 Million

Jared Kushner buys 17 walk-up rental buildings in the East Village

It seems that there’s going to be a lot of change coming to the East Village very soon. According to a report in The Real Deal, Jared Kushner, principal owner of Kushner Properties, has paid about $130 million to buy 17 walk-up rental buildings that are located in this very popular neighborhood. Kushner’s purchase comes close on the heels of a number of other deals that he has done in the recent past, which include properties in New York City, New Jersey and Baltimore as well.

Walk-up Buildings Return to the Spotlight

In a city with apartment buildings known for their dizzying heights and grandeur, walk-up apartment buildings in New York City have long had a lower, less glamorous profile. Walk-ups are buildings that have just five or six stories of apartments in them, and, as their name suggests, they do not have an elevator. Walk-up buildings reflect a style of construction of the early 20th century, and the flights of stairs to climb every day have been a deterrent for New Yorkers looking for an apartment to rent in the city. But that was in the past. With the trend of increasing rents sweeping through rental buildings in Manhattan, the apartments in these small walk-ups represent a gold mine for the landlords of such buildings.