1BR, Downtown Brooklyn

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  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Brad Wet, 25, music journalist; Ra Hall, 27, shoe designer
Rent:
$2,420, including everything except electricity
Broker's fee: None
Broker: Zachary Uzupis, Christie Property Group (215-208-0140, zachary@christiepropertygroup.com)
Moved in: October 2010

The search: "I moved to New York three or four years ago and the only place I'd lived was Harlem," says Wet. "I enjoyed it, but I just got tired of it—not because of anything drastic happening. So when my lease ended, I decided I would open myself up. We looked up a couple places online; Zach posted regarding this building and we called him. We walked in and loved it. 'New' wasn't on my list of things, but I just wanted a good place."

The area: "They just knocked down an old McDonald's across the street, and they're talking about a grocery. Just to be [in this neighborhood] and know that things are coming is kind of cool," says Wet. "In the meantime, FreshDirect is available, and if you're not home, the building has storage. Even the cleaners come pick up your clothes. We have a fire department across the street and right next door is the police station; you'd think there'd be sirens every ten minutes, but it's not like that. It's pretty quiet. And for me, coming from Harlem, being able to open my window at night and hear the street and not people screaming on the street—it's nice."

The building: "We moved in October, and we were the first people to live in the building. There are a lot of condos in our area, but this is a rental. About half of it is full right now; I don't know if it's good or bad, but I'll be working out and people will be visiting the building. I see U-Hauls," says Wet."It's the simple things: I didn't have a doorman before, and [having one is] great. There's a pool that opened up a month ago. There's bike storage, an iPod dock in the wall and speakers. After we saw this one, we continued on, but we'd get to another place and it'd be like, There's no pool downstairs, or, It doesn't have an iPod dock."

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