New York City is a tough place to find an apartment, as we all know. Everyone panics that they aren’t getting enough for their money, which is why we’re taking a weekly look at what you can get in this town for around $1,000 per person (and we promise there’ll be no nightmare apartment listing). No one wants to end up in the world’s most depressing apartment (and equally, not everyone has the cash to get the kind of place Obama could afford to rent if he moves to New York), so take a look at these attractive, spacious places—but do it quickly, because these will be gone before you know it. Come back next week for more of our top picks from real-estate site Zumper’s inventory.
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This East Village stunner is looking pretty fly with its all-white walls, steel appliances and dark oak strip floors. In a neighborhood more known for exposed brick, lighter wood and the “tenement chic” look we've come to love/accept, that means this apartment stands out even more. One of the bedrooms looks decent-sized, but the other one isn’t shown (never a good sign). However, you are just a few blocks away from what the listing refers to as “peaceful Tompkins Square Park.” We’re not sure how far that is from actual Tompkins Square Park, but hopefully it’s not too much of a hike.
We’re a little confused by this listing because it appears to be for a single-family detached house in a central Downtown Brooklyn location. Could such a thing be real? We’ll believe it when we see it. In the meantime, fantasize about what it would be like to rent your own Brooklyn home that includes a private backyard and basement. Just think of everything you could store in a basement…booze. A Ping-Pong table. Supplies for an ironic suburban-themed party. The possibilities are endless.
You work those French doors, Upper East Side apartment. This lovely two-bedroom on the Upper East Side gives you a great amount of space for the price. The big drawback? It’s a railroad-style apartment. Which means this is a train ride you’d probably rather take with a significant other as opposed to a roommate. In any case, the below-market abode offers hardwood floors, high ceilings, a decorated fireplace and lots of storage space. Maybe you can use that storage space to store a bike, because you’ll be pretty far from any subway stop. (Deliver us, oh, Second Avenue line.)
The private backyard at this Brooklyn three-bedroom is basically a botanical garden with stairs, landscaping and room for a grill. Seriously, you could mount your own holiday train show inside this baby. Inside the apartment, you’ll find a giant fireplace, a chef’s kitchen and laundry inside the apartment. You’re also just a short walk away from McCarren and McGolrick Park, which means you have absolutely no excuse for not extensively picnicking in the summer.
This rent is so low for a three-bedroom in Fort Greene that they’re basically paying you to be there. Your new job will include jogging in Fort Greene Park, hitting up the area’s amazing restaurants and bars, and taking advantage of the impressive cultural offerings at BAM. Also, you’re only one of two apartments in the building, which is great because sharing sucks! Sharing an apartment, however, is often necessary, but the large bedrooms, high ceilings and a kitchen dishwasher should make that a lot easier too.