You already know the reasons why NYC is the best place to raise a family, right? But when it comes to finding a family-friendly apartment in Gotham, we know the odds are stacked against even the bravest of space-seekers. Lucky for you, we've rounded up our pick of the week's best two-bedroom NYC apartments, all priced between $1,800 and $2,600 per month. Just remember, if you love it, move fast-they'll be gone before you know it! Godspeed, dear renter, and don't forget the ten commandments of apartment hunting. Check back next week for more from real-estate site Zumper's inventory.
Two-bedroom in Washington Heights, $2,400/month
The condition of this two-bedroom in Washington Heights can’t be beat! You’ll love the plentiful windows, letting natural sunlight into every room, and the apartment will really look homey with your family photos displayed on the built-in shelving. Whip up dinner for the whole clan in the modern kitchen, outfitted with stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher. The black-and-white theme from the kitchen carries over to the bathroom, just beware that the big tub might inspire splashing during bath time! Getting around town is easy with the 1, A and C trains a few blocks away at 168th Street.
Two-bedroom on the Upper West Side, $2,500/month
This spacious abode on the Upper West Side is easily reachable via the 1, B and C trains at the Cathedral Pkwy stations, and green spaces are in no short supply in the quiet neighborhood—the apartment is sandwiched between Riverside Park on the West, Central Park on the East and Morningside Park just north. You’ll adore your family’s indoor space, too, which boasts blonde hardwood floors (great for hiding scuffs and scratches from the little ones) and a cozy corner kitchen that makes it easy to keep an eye on the kids in the living room. There’s laundry in the building and strollers are no biggie thanks to the location just two floors up. Plus, pets are welcome if you decide to the family needs a furry addition!
Two-bedroom in Astoria, $2,422/month
Settle your brood in this top-notch two-bedroom in a family-friendly area of Astoria. The pristine kitchen with ample cabinet space and a full-size dishwasher makes cooking and cleaning less of a chore, and having an in-unit washer and dryer takes the stress out of laundry day. The building itself is tricked out with a rooftop patio with panoramic views (yep, you get access!), a courtyard and video intercoms to help you and the kids feel extra secure. Hop on the N or Q trains a few blocks away at 30th Ave for easy travel, and definitely take a stroll to Socrates Sculpture Park for fresh air and fun-filled activities with the kiddos.
Two-bedroom in Boerum Hill, $2,500/month
Any family would be lucky to call the tree-lined streets of Boerum Hill home, but this incredible two-bedroom offers so much more than a prime location. The apartment is flush with contemporary touches like stainless-steel appliances, Caesarstone countertops and a glass subway tile backsplash in the kitchen, plus dark, hardwood floors throughout. The marble walls and floors in the bathroom make for easy clean-up after bubble baths in the deep tub, and Mom and Dad will love the rainfall showerhead. The surrounding neighborhood is packed with great restaurants and shops, and with nine different subway lines to choose from (all within walking distance) you can zip around town with ease.
Two-bedroom in Crown Heights, $2,600/month
The massive living space and high ceilings in this newly renovated two-bedroom provide plenty of room for playtime with your youngsters. Fitting a comfy, overstuffed couch in here is no problem, and you’ll love having a spot to snuggle in with the tots on lazy weekends. French doors let in gorgeous natural light, and the overhead fixtures have you covered once the sun goes down. There are two evenly-sized rooms—one for Mom and Dad and one for the kids to share—but when cabin fever strikes, you'll have tons to explore in the surrounding ‘hood. There are tons of accessible train lines (the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C and S included) and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Prospect Park Zoo are both within walking distance. Oh, did we mention that there’s no broker’s fee?