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  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Apt Tour, Jamie, Studio, Park Slope

Jamie Mandel, 28, public-relations director (and former TONY staffer)
Rent: $1,300
Agent's fee: One month's rent
Agent: Jill, Poggioli Realty (718-622-8807)
Moved in: April 2011

THE SEARCH: "I was in Boerum Hill for two years—the rent was good, but it was an awful apartment. It was held together with papier-mch and optimism. I would walk around the neighborhoods that I was thinking of [moving to], and if I happened to walk by a real-estate agency, I'd pop in and see what they had in my price range. But Craigslist ended up being my go-to."

ON FINDING HER APARTMENT: "I was on my way to meet someone for brunch and did a last-minute check of Craigslist, and called the broker, Jill, to set an appointment. I met her the next morning, and she had just shown it to somebody else, who was on the fence. I took my parents to see the place anyway, and the broker and my mom—two Jewish yentas from Brooklyn—basically fell in love. Jill could tell right away that there was no hesitation on my part, and offered the other girl a different apartment in the same building."

THE SPACE: "It's very cozy. I've never lived by myself, so I love that I can come home and this is my sanctuary. I've done some things to make the space as usable as possible, with as much storage as possible. Even my couch has hidden drawers that pull out. The kitchen is pretty much nonexistent—it's a dorm room all over again. There's no counter space; just a stove top with a minifridge tucked underneath, a sink to the side and a microwave--convection oven above that. In order to make it functional, I got a counter island. It has a marble-slab top, so it's also a butcher block, and it has a glass rack and a wine rack, and additional cabinets for groceries."

WHAT SHE LOVES ABOUT IT: "The building itself is really beautiful—it's a classic old-school Brooklyn apartment. My last place was really dark and dismal, so by comparison this felt like such a light, happy space. I never have to turn my lights on to get ready in the morning, and I'm a block from Prospect Park, which is great. When I open my window, I see greenery."

HER ADVICE: "I probably started my search a little too early, which in the end is detrimental to your sanity. I began about a month [before I moved], but I should have waited a week or two. I did end up finding my apartment without seeing any sort of image first—I was using that to weed things out on Craigslist. Instead of using whether they posted an image or not as a guideline, I should have focused more on the cross streets that were listed. The neighborhood is the most important thing in the end, so take a chance."

THE AREA: "I like Brooklyn because of the mom-and-pop feel, and Park Slope, for me, is the epitome of that. Right around the corner, I have an entire stretch of Seventh Avenue that's chock-full of restaurants, and I still haven't tried even half of them. I feel like there's so much culture to explore, being right near the park, the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy at Washington Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org) and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (900 Washington Ave at Eastern Pkwy, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-623-7200, bbg.org). I tried my first hamburger at Thistle Hill Tavern (441 Seventh Ave at 15th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 347-599-1262), which is owned by one of the guys from NOFX. That's the place I keep going back to."

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