1BR; Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Apt Tour, Gretchen, 1 Bedroom, Sunset Park

Gretchen Poole, 33, actor; Craig Iturbe, 29, graduate student
Rent:
$1,350
Broker's fee: None
Broker: None
Moved in: August 2011

THE SEARCH: "My lease was up August 1, so that's when we wanted to move [in together]," says Iturbe. "We tried Craigslist, but we were getting frustrated. We'd call brokers only to have them tell us an apartment wasn't available anymore, but there was another place.... We signed up for Rent Direct New York (rdny.com) and hunted on PadMapper (padmapper.com) and Apartments.com with little luck. In May, Gretchen came across the Time Out article from this past April that mentioned the Listings Project (stephaniediamond.com/listings.html), which is how we found our current apartment. Stephanie takes submissions and goes through them to make sure they aren't submitted by brokers. Everyone on there has just one apartment they want to fill; they're not going to try to push you into something else."

ON FINDING THEIR APARTMENT: "We were on our way to Ohio for a wedding [around the Fourth of July], and we saw a posting for this apartment and tried to see it, but it wasn't ready [to show] or something, so we thought it was already out," says Poole. "But the following Tuesday or Wednesday, the previous tenant called us to see if we were still interested [for an August 1 lease]."

THE SPACE: "There are windows in every room—one in the kitchen, two in the living room, three in the bedroom—so there's tons of light," says Poole. "We also have three big closets, and we don't even have enough stuff to fill the kitchen cabinets. Plus, there's laundry in the building for only a dollar per load."

THE AREA: "Because I'm a grad student, I spend a lot of time working by myself on my laptop," says Iturbe. "A few months before we moved here, the Green Fig Bakery and Cafe (462 36th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, Sunset Park, Brooklyn; 718-369-8937, greenfigbakerycafe.com) opened, and I've been parking myself there most days. They have good coffee and food, and the people who work there are the nicest. When they have [baked goods] left over at the end of the day that they have to donate or throw out, they'll send me home with a bag of bread trim: or something. Where we are is quiet, but there's a lot of stuff happening on Fifth and Eighth Avenues. It's a really nice balance. Sunset Park itself [has] a big hill, and when you stand there, you can see all of lower Manhattan."

THEIR ADVICE: "When you go to look at apartments, have your paperwork and financial statements with you, so can submit your application right away," advises Poole.

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