A rent-controlled apartment in the landscape of New York City is one of the most valuable things. An Upper West Side resident by the name Hattie Kolp has been nicknamed modern-day Monica Geller for getting the most crazy deal as incredibly affordable at $1,300 a month. Kolp posted a tour of her home which can test any New Yorkers' ability to not feel jealous. The internet is going gaga for this full-time special education teacher, who has a two-bedroom apartment in New York City where a three-bedroom space is typically more than twice the price.
For the unversed, rent-controlled apartment means that the rent can rarely be raised. Spaces with such designations are rather difficult to come by in New York City. Viewers and fans of '90s sitcom FRIENDS were also curious how the young Monica could afford her nice apartment. It was revealed on the show that Monica, played by Courtney Cox, inherited her apartment from her grandmother.
Kolp grew up with her parents in the 1890s-constructed apartment, which is how she lucked into the deal. In 2018, Kolp took over the lease for her childhood apartment from her parents. The 1,500 square feet also has one-bathroom, pre-war designs. When the tenant moved in, the rent paid at that time decides the eligibility. Not all rent-controlled or rent-stabilized apartments are handed down by generation. Rent stabilization typically happens to the apartments built before 1974 in buildings with six or more units.
In the video, which made Kolp famous overnight, she shows off her blue-gray door with a peephole that leads to an entryway with a modern chandelier. Her eclectic art style matches the hardwood floors and wall molding of the apartment. The 29-year-old also transformed her childhood room into a library with industrial white shelving and a green velvet couch. The unit retains its original fireplaces, no longer operational. The tiles have been covered with contact paper as the original ones were discolored and cracked. Kolp has been working to redecorate the space in the years since she acquired it. On her Instagram handle, she shares her at-home projects and renovations.
Kolp told the Post,“I just love all the historical details and the moldings, the fireplaces, the creaky floors. It’s just a unique space, and you don’t see apartments like this anymore.”
Netizens quickly made comparisons between Kolp and Monica Geller. Some of the comments on Kolp's post accused her of being gifted the apartment and not worthy of the space. However, Kolp emphasizes how "grateful" she is for the apartment and that she still continues to bear the costs of repairs on the old building. The real-life Harlem special education teacher and the fictional TV character are just two of about 1 million New Yorkers who have a rent-stabilized or rent-controlled apartment, as per 2020 New York City’s housing supply report.