New York City is a tough place to find an apartment. People panic about not getting enough for their money, which is why we take a monthly look at what it’s possible to get in this town for about $1,000 a person. (And we promise, there won’t be a nightmare apartment listing.) No one wants to end up in the world’s most depressing apartment, but not everyone has the cash to pay for the kind of place Obama could afford to rent if he moves to New York. So take a look at these affordable apartments in NYC but do so quickly because they will be gone before you know it. Come back next week for more of our top picks from real estate site Zumper’s inventory. And if you’re still struggling, try our NYC apartments guide.
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Affordable apartments in NYC
Two bedroom in Bedford-Stuyvesant for $1,800/month ($900 per person)
Bright, sunny and well under our grand-a-person goal, this Bed-Stuy apartment is spacious and in one of the city’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. Ideal for a couple, or two friends who really know each other well, the railroad style apartment wouldn’t offer as much privacy as a standard two bedroom, but the decent sized living room and the well-equipped kitchen might just make your pad the perfect place for get-togethers anyway. And the location, just a block away from the Myrtle-Willoughby G stop, means the rest of Brooklyn is ripe for your exploring.
Three bedroom in Prospect Heights for $3,199/month ($1,067 per person)
If space is important to you, than rush to put an offer in on this place. The two-story apartment has lovely details like exposed brick, hardwood floors, new appliances and a decorative fireplace, but the biggest draw is the options you’ll have for entertaining, or getting away from everybody. With two separate living rooms, two bathrooms and a backyard you’ll never want to leave your home. Need extra privacy? While the downstairs bedroom unfortunately has tile floors, it comes with it’s own bathroom and puts a story between you and your roommies.
Three bedroom in Bushwick for $3,099/month ($1,033 per person)
Considering how high-sky Bushwick prices have gone to find an updated apartment located only two blocks away from the Jefferson L stop at this price can seem like something of a unicorn. Though the common space seems to be pretty narrow and limited, the kitchen is up-to-date and the bedrooms can each fit a double bed with room to spare. Besides, you won’t want to spend too much time at home when some of Brooklyn’s coolest restaurants and bars are so close.
Four bedroom in Washington Heights for $4,300/month ($1,075 per person)
While this apartment is the most expensive on this list, it is also the one the owners have probably put the most money into. Gut renovated with shiny hardwood floors, beautiful exposed bricks and a kitchen that would be any chef’s dream: Rustic tile floors, lots of cabinets and counter space, a large fridge and a brand new dishwasher. For the sake of fairness, and saving money, you and your pals can divide the space so that a particularly flush roommate, or perhaps a couple, pays more for the master bedroom which can fit a king bed has its own bathroom, while the others share the other remodelled bathroom and get their own beds fit for a queen (sized bed).
Three bedroom in Hell’s Kitchen for $3,200/month ($1,066 per person)
Sure, the apartment is far from the swankiest offering in this list—no stainless steel appliances or second bathroom here—but what it lacks in finishing touches it makes up for in terms of access to the entire city. To be in the thick of Manhattan, just blocks away from Times Square and surrounded by some of New York’s best eateries, theaters and nightclubs is the kind of rush of the Big Apple kids in small towns all over America dream of. The building amenities, like a roof deck and building lounge make promises of a short commute all the more sweeter.
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