When Anjali Ramani and Konstantinos Koiliaris got down to search for a brand new residence final summer time, they knew they needed one thing turnkey, with good gentle and at the very least 1,000 sq. ft. However that they had yet another prerequisite, and it was a element many brokers have by no means encountered: The entrance door couldn’t face south or west.
Ms. Ramani, 26, was born in Singapore to an Indian household dedicated to Vastu Shastra, the traditional Indian philosophy of structure and design. Adherents imagine that structural particulars, lighting and furnishings placement have an effect on a house’s power and, by extension, the well-being and prosperity of these residing inside.
“I used to be acquainted with Vastu, however this was the primary time that I had shoppers it was so necessary to,” stated Richard Murray, an agent with Keller Williams, who helped them search. “I most likely checked out extra flats with them than with possibly every other couple I’ve ever labored with.”
Vastu tips put a premium on central areas and the course of sunshine, so the location of a house’s entry is crucial. “When my dad and mom checked, they instructed us the door both needed to face north or east to be good for us and to convey us happiness,” Ms. Ramani stated.
Mr. Koiliaris, 36, an engineer for Goldman Sachs, added: “It was one of many greatest deal-breakers.”
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The couple, who’re boxing fanatics, met at a boxing membership on the College of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the place Ms. Ramani was an undergraduate and Mr. Koiliaris, who grew up in Greece, was finishing his graduate research in pc science. By the summer time of 2021, they have been residing in a one-bedroom rental in Battery Park, Manhattan, and pondering they’d quite pay down a mortgage every month than pay lease. With an preliminary finances of round $1.2 million, they deliberate to hunt for locations inside a 30-minute commute of Mr. Koiliaris’s workplace close to the World Commerce Heart.
“We at all times thought we’d begin with one thing small, possibly simply attempt to get our fingers on a one-bedroom, and go from there,” Ms. Ramani stated. “However my dad and mom have been actually excited, they usually needed us to not solely get one thing new we’d love, however one thing that may be good for us for the longer term.”
With a brand new strategy to finances and bed room rely, they started taking a look at properties in Decrease Manhattan and the waterfront Brooklyn neighborhoods of Dumbo and Williamsburg. All of the whereas, that they had a key third resident in thoughts: their 7-year-old rescue canine, Hades, a 110-pound Malamute/Malinois combine.
Hades can get nervous round new people and in crowded locations, so the couple checked listings for close by canine parks. Additionally they prevented high-rises, as a result of they needed to have the choice to take the steps if Hades was uncomfortable on the elevator.
“Loads of our house-hunting was truly about his preferences,” Ms. Ramani stated.
Earlier than heading out to see every itemizing, they’d examine door placement by consulting Google Maps if the property was a townhouse, or by taking a look at flooring plans if it was a condominium.
“We checked out all kinds of houses, and we talked extra about gentle, outside house, location, facilities, canine friendliness and, after all, value,” Mr. Murray stated. Nonetheless, “Vastu was the lens they seen the properties by way of.”
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