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 Williamsburg, $2,600/month
This beautiful Williamsburg apartment has plenty of cool features like wainscoting, built-in bookshelves for all your kiddos’ favorite reads, an ornate fireplace with stone detailing, crown molding, tons of closet space, pretty radiator covers and even a mermaid-and-seashell wall feature (weird but awesome). If you love cooking at home for the whole fam, this kitchen is also pretty large—it has plenty of cabinet and counter space, a gas range, a built-in microwave and a stainless steel refrigerator.
Two-bedroom in Downtown Brooklyn, $2,195/month
Have a very little one? This convertible two-bedroom apartment is a great transitional home for keeping an eye on ‘em—it’s small, clean and sandwiched between Bridge Park, Clumber Corner, Whitman Park and Cadman Plaza Park (it’s like you have a real backyard!), plus there's quick access to the York St F and High St A and C trains. The only downside? You’re pretty much under the Manhattan bridge…we’d recommend a white noise machine.
Two-bedroom in Hell’s Kitchen, $2,600/month
Bright, high ceilings, huge family living room—sounds good to us! Enjoy brand new hardwood floors (perfect for handling a beating from your kiddos), spacious bedrooms and a pristine bathroom with a big tub, all in a building just minutes from De Witt Clinton Park, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Hell’s Kitchen Park, Pier 94, Gutenberg Playground and the 50th St C, E and 1 trains.
Two-bedroom in Williamsburg, $2,599/month
This sunny two-bedroom has plenty of room for a growing family, complete with a large living space and high ceilings. A big, comfy sofa and a dining table can easily fit in the common room, still leaving space for a pillow fort–building on rainy days. The Marcy Ave J, M, Z station is your closest subway stop, and the G and L are just a short distance farther, making commutes to downtown Brooklyn or Manhattan super simple. With playground on almost every block in the area, tots will have plenty of entertainment nearby, but if you’re looking for a daytime adventure, hop on bikes with the kids for a scenic ride over the Williamsburg Bridge.
Two-bedroom in Park Slope, $2,500/month
This two-bedroom abode is located just a few blocks from the main drag of Atlantic Ave in downtown Brooklyn, putting you within walking distance of any subway line you could need (C, B, D, N, Q, R, 2 and 3 included!).Beautiful hardwood floors, freshly painted walls and tons of sunlight provide a great blank canvas to make the space your own, and tons of closet space means it will be easy to keep the kids’ knickknacks organized and out of the way. You can nab super low prices on groceries as the nearby Park Slope Food Coop (as long as you’re willing to put in shifts once in a while), and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is close when you’d rather let someone else do the cooking.