As new apartments hit the market each week, we’ve taken on the job of carefully hunting through various listings sites, newsletters, and Craigslist, to find the very best deals out there. A good deal on a rental apartment, of course, can mean very different things for different people. So as we sorted through hundreds of listings, we kept our eye out for places that are worth their asking price — whether that’s an under-$2,000 one-bedroom (that truly is a one-bedroom) or a $7,000 Beaux-Arts townhouse with a spiral staircase and three functioning fireplaces.
This week, we found a few unusually — and extremely — vertical apartments. This 1,200-square-foot Clinton Hill apartment has 16-foot ceilings and a big office loft that fits two desks and a sitting area, while this Boerum Hill triplex uses a single spiral staircase to connect three full floors. And over in Prospect–Lefferts Gardens, we spotted a rather fancy gut-renovated kitchen with coffered ceilings, a waterfall island, double wall ovens, and an entire wall of black-framed windows opening up to a private deck.
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$2,500*: Large and rather elaborate townhouse two-bedroom (plus bonus room) with four chandeliers (including one in the hallway), lots of restored woodwork around the doors and windows, and a clawfoot tub in the bathroom (which also has an exposed-brick wall and tin ceilings).
$1,850: Low price for a very spacious one-bedroom (more than enough room for a sectional) with an open kitchen and high ceilings, just above Fulton Street near Clinton Hill.
$2,700: Top-floor brownstone two-bedroom plus a windowed office (near the Nostrand Avenue A/C trains) that was renovated just last year and comes with super-high (beamed) ceilings, two fireplaces, a washer/dryer, and a skylit bathroom.
$3,150*: Three similarly spacious bedrooms (each with a brick wall), a bright sectional-friendly living room, and an open kitchen with peninsula seating for three, plus a dishwasher and washer/dryer. Near the corner of Halsey Street and Marcy Avenue.
$3,500*: Updated three-bedroom, two-bathroom corner duplex with many (white-gridded) windows and a wraparound terrace, right between Bedford Avenue and Herbert Von King Park (the G train is also only a two-minute walk away).
$4,800: Rare 1,000-square-foot three-bedroom, 1.5-bath triplex connected by a spiral staircase, with a separate windowed, dishwasher-equipped kitchen and a big roof deck. On Bergen Street just off Third Avenue.
$18,000*: Full-floor four-bedroom, 2.5-bath apartment (the powder room is entirely covered in checkered tiles) in the 40-foot-wide historic brownstone at 3 Pierrepont Place, with especially intricate original crown moldings, lots of window shutters, glass doors onto two terraces, four marble fireplaces, and a fully renovated kitchen with dark-blue cabinets and subway tile (even on the ceilings).
Clinton Hill/Fort Greene
$1,850: Gut-renovated garden studio on a townhouse block just above Gates Avenue, with an exposed-brick wall, glossy white kitchen cabinets, a freestanding soaking tub, bike storage space right outside the unit, and laundry in the building.
$3,500: Updated floor-through two-bedroom, 1.5-bath apartment (part of a trio of landmarked Queen Anne/Romanesque Revival townhouses on Washington Avenue) with a large eat-in kitchen, decorative fireplace, bay window (in the larger bedroom), and washer/dryer.
$3,599*: True four-bedroom near the Bedford-Nostrand Avenues G train with an open kitchen, slight bay window, and exposed brick wall in the living room and a renovated windowed bathroom.
$4,000: 1,200-square-foot apartment with 16-foot ceilings and a massive skylight over the renovated kitchen, a bedroom with exposed brick and a walk-in closet, a working fireplace in the living room, and a spiral staircase up to a spacious loft that currently fits two desks and a seating area.
$13,500: Over 3,000 square feet spread over the three top floors of a brick townhouse at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Adelphi Street, stylishly renovated with a curved staircase, a bay window banquette, plus an eight-burner stove and concealed appliances in the massive kitchen opening up to a deck.
$2,650*: Three fairly large bedrooms (each with a brick wall and space for desks and dressers), a renovated open kitchen (with a dishwasher and island), plus a washer-dryer and central AC.
$2,700: South-facing true one-bedroom on East 10th Street (between First and Second Avenues) with French doors, exposed brick throughout, and a small dining nook in the living room.
$4,050: 1,100-square-foot two-bedroom on the parlor floor of a brownstone, with 12-foot ceilings, wall moldings, and a lovely separate kitchen (where there are star-tiled floors, butcher-block counters, and a large window overlooking the garden, which this unit will have access to).
$1,795: Top-floor one-bedroom in an elevator building right under the Parkside Avenue Q train, with a windowed kitchen and bathroom, arched doorways, inlaid hardwood floors, and a spacious foyer (with moldings and built-in shelves) that can also be used as a dining area.
$1,700 (net effective: $1,625): Huge studio on West 121st Street with three windows, a big closet, and an intricately carved decorative fireplace against a wall of exposed brick, plus glossy white cabinets and subway tile in the kitchen.
$2,399*: Nearly 1,000-square-foot floor-through two-bedroom in a brownstone on East 127th Street, with high ceilings, a bay window in the 19-foot-wide living room, a dishwasher, and a washer/dryer.
$3,500: Just a neatly renovated (in 2017) true one-bedroom on Grand Street with a dishwasher, washer/dryer, and Carrara marble in both the kitchen and bathroom.
$4,200: True two-bedroom (each with white-painted brick walls) on Mulberry Street (between Kenmare and Broome) with an updated kitchen (that has a dishwasher, washer/dryer, and sliver of bar seating), large closets, recessed lights, and a windowed marble bath.
$3,300: Fairly spacious two-bedroom on Berkeley Place (right next to Café Regular) with a dishwasher, French doors, and parquet floors.
$4,350: Thoroughly renovated three-bedroom, 2.5-bath triplex spreading over 2,000 square feet, with a bay window, decorative fireplace, multiple skylights, wainscoting throughout, and a particularly grand kitchen that has coffered ceilings, a waterfall island, Viking double-wall ovens, and a wall of black-gridded windows opening up to a large private deck.
Upper East Side
$2,100: True one-bedroom on East 83rd Street (just a minute from a Q train entrance) with wall and crown moldings, a decorative fireplace, and a plain but surprisingly large eat-in kitchen.
$2,950*: Rare 700-square-foot studio half a block to Central Park (it’s in an 1870 Victorian Italianate brownstone on East 75th Street) with an extra-wide bay window, a fireplace, and 12.5-foot ceilings (which means tons of additional storage above the usual cabinets and closets).
Upper West Side
$1,900*: Prewar one-bedroom on West 107th Street with parquet floors, French doors, and a decorative fireplace, checkered floors and a dishwasher in the kitchen, and two skylights.
$2,195: Large alcove studio on West 87th Street (less than a block from Central Park) with three windows (original casings intact and one of them has built-in shelves underneath), a decorative fireplace, a large closet, and a skylit bathroom.
$2,450: Rent-stabilized townhouse one-bedroom on West 82nd Street (a few steps from Riverside Park) that can fit a small dining table and workspace in the living room, plus a dresser and love seat in the bedroom.
$2,650: Duplex one-bedroom (with 1.5 baths) in a limestone townhouse on West 83rd Street right by Central Park with a wood-burning fireplace on a wall of exposed brick and a spiral staircase.
$3,190: Townhouse two-bedroom on West 74th Street with 11-foot ceilings (tall enough for tons of lofted storage), a dishwasher, an exposed-brick fireplace, and laundry in the building.
$2,800: A cute and surprisingly efficient studio on West 10th Street with a slightly separated living area, which has room for a small sofa, table for four, and some built-in recessed shelving.
$2,700: Quiet 750-square-foot one-bedroom that was converted from a two-bedroom (so there’s a huge extra space with two windows currently used as an office/sewing studio), with a cabinlike wood-paneled wall and open shelves in the windowed kitchen.
Our picks are organized by neighborhood in order of ascending price. Didn’t see anything from the neighborhood you’re interested in? We’ll try to include a wide range of locations as new units come up. To keep this list fresh, we’re removing listings that have not been rented after two weeks (and will put an asterisk next to holdovers from the previous week).