Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fort Lee Hit the Right Notes

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fort Lee Hit the Right Notes

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Concert pianist Nina Deutsch wanted all the amenities of luxury apartment living; but for herself and her 7-foot grand piano to continue to make beautiful music together. It would take just the right fit.

Yet many calculations went into knowing that the co-op apartment she eventually bought at Mediterranean Towers West in Fort Lee would suit her and her ivories. Even the elevator had to measure up or the deal wouldn't happen.

"The biggest problem was the elevator," recalled her sales agent, Frances Kosier of United Real Estate in Fair Lawn. Kosier advised her client, "Before you make an offer, make sure [the piano] will fit."

One of the elevators -- a bit larger than the rest -- proved up to the job.

Finding the right unit was also done by measurements. "They showed me several apartments on different floors," Deutsch said. "You have to make sure exactly what's involved."

When a 10th-floor unit had just the right design and layout, Deutsch, who was living in Leonia, offered to pay the $179,000 listing price and got in for a February closing date.

Because this is a co-op, Deutsch also had to appear before a board for approvals. Kosier said this is largely a matter of reviewing the applicant's financials, and as a resident herself in Mediterranean Towers West on North Avenue, she works to guide buyers through the process. In the end, the co-op purchaser owns the equivalent of shares in a corporation.

Deutsch was sold on not only the Mediterranean Towers but the many conveniences there: 24-hour doorman services; an exercise room; and especially the New York City bus that pulls up to the Towers' side door to collect those bound for the city.

"You can go to New York by walking 75 feet to a bus stop," said Deutsch. "I came here because I saw that the lifestyle here would be extremely helpful and encouraging in the older years of my life. I felt that basically I'm coming to another chapter in my life where it's less concerts and more private piano lessons. The building was very helpful."

A Texas native, Kosier had considered leaving New Jersey for her golden years. …

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