Through nakedapartments.com, he contacted Freddy Pichardo, then an agent at Anchor Associates and now with the Hecht Group. The challenges Mr. Pichardo said, were the large dog and “the closet space he was looking for.” He took Mr. Kroll to a rental building on East 96th Street. But the $2,595-a-month apartment, which they had thought was on the ground floor, turned out to be in the basement, near the trash area. Mr. Kroll said no.
Next up was a beautifully renovated one-bedroom for $2,500 a month, on the ground floor of a small building on East 58th Street near Sutton Place. Sasha could manage the stoop, which had just a few steps. But the apartment had only 650 square feet and limited closet space.
The same day, Mr. Pichardo turned up a new listing in the building with the basement apartment. This one, for $2,725 a month, was on the 19th floor and had sufficient space — around 750 square feet — as well as a balcony.
The bedroom was large enough for a queen- or even a king-size bed and had two closets. The place also had closets for coats, linen and storage. Ms. Kellogg went to see it first thing the next morning.
“I was starting to lay out the furniture in my head,” she said, “and it seemed every piece of furniture had a place to go.”
They weren’t the only ones interested. “I e-mailed the broker all 17 pieces of documentation he needed,” Mr. Kroll said. Their application was the first one in.
The couple signed a two-year lease and arrived in the fall, paying a broker fee of a month’s rent.
There have been only a few hitches. An adjacent alley funnels up sound from busy 96th Street. Ms. Kellogg didn’t realize she would be able to hear the elevator ding. At night, she drowns it out with a fan.
The biggest issue was “getting Matt’s stuff under control,” Ms. Kellogg said. They donated bags upon bags of clothing to Goodwill.
“When we moved in,” she said, “I noticed that things were filling up very quickly. Every closet that I opened was filled to the max, and it was frustrating me because I don’t want the entire apartment to be filled with just Matt’s belongings. I want us to have space where we can buy things together that we want. Once everything was organized, I was able to relax a bit, and since then it’s been easy.”
Mr. Kroll rented a Cube Smart storage locker. “But we have storage lockers in our building,” he said, “and we are second on the wait list.”