Hamilton Nolan · 06/22/16 03:40PM

While the median size of new U.S. homes has risen to an all-time high, a study says the average size of new apartments has fallen by 8% in the past decade. You can have a tiny apartment in a cool place, a huge house in a boring place, or, more likely, the backseat of a 1982 VW Rabbit in the Walmart parking lot.

Has the Luxury Apartment Boom Peaked? 

Hamilton Nolan · 02/29/16 09:20AM

During the furious stock market boom of the past several years, the only apartments you could find anywhere were exclusively glass-walled luxury penthouses, priced at $85 million. It seems, however, that we may be waking up from our cash-induced fancy apartment haze at last.

Can Someone Please "Disrupt" Real Estate Agents?

Hamilton Nolan · 03/27/14 04:28PM

We live in a marvelous, annoying era in which startup geniuses constantly getting rich by "disrupting" mundane industries. Hotels? Disrupted. Taxis? Disrupted. On behalf of the beleaguered apartment hunters of New York City, I humbly request that someone disrupt real estate agents out of existence.

Everything Is a Rental Now

Hamilton Nolan · 03/10/14 02:47PM

The idea of "buying" a home in this economy is reserved for people who are richer, more responsible, and luckier than you. For you, the average American, the only choice is to rent. Which is good, because they're building rentals faster than you can say "But will you allow my dog, Baxter?"

Fancy Glass Apartment Towers Could Bake Their Wealthy Owners

Hamilton Nolan · 02/04/14 09:54AM

The skyline of "The Big Apple" is festooned with soaring, glass-sheathed condo high rises, where the world's wealthy shelter in altitudinous luxury, away from the teeming masses. With a little luck, all of those people will die in a heat wave.

Hamilton Nolan · 10/01/13 12:33PM

The average American's rent is 3% higher than it was a year ago. "You just can't have double-digit rent growth every year or rents would be a million bucks," one realtor tells the Wall Street Journal. (Except in New York, where rents are a million bucks.)

Amanda Bynes Decorated Her Apartment Like a Parlor Room in Hell

Caity Weaver · 02/13/13 01:21PM

Have you ever had a casual acquaintance who seemed totally normal and nice and the first time you went to their house they were like, "I can't believe you've never seen my house!" and you were like "I can't believe I've never seen your house!" and then you stepped inside and the floor was littered with mutilated doll bodies and it smelled like apricots and there was no furniture?

Can You Afford the Rent in Manhattan? (No)

Hamilton Nolan · 10/11/12 08:55AM

How did you do financially last year? Very well, I hope, because rent in Manhattan, where all the breathless American dreamers yearn to live and "make something of themselves," rose 10% last year. The median rent in Manhattan is $3,200.

George Soros Made His Gal Pal Sit at the Kids' Table

Lauri Apple · 08/13/11 03:21PM

A "friend" of George Soros says the 81-year-old Hungarian mogul used to make his Brazilian ex-girlfriend Adriana Ferreyr sit at the children's table during his Sunday brunches in the Hamptons—ostensibly because she's 28, which is very young.