Can’t seem to qualify for those popular affordable housing lotteries, or stuck on a waiting list 70,000 names long? Well, like many of us who are searching for low-priced rentals, you’ll have to forage the city’s daunting open market. The typical choices include shacking up with multiple roommates in prime neighborhoods, enduring long commutes in far-flung locales, or having to deal with an un-renovated, pre-war walk-up building.
To make your search for these rather un-glamorous apartments a bit easier, we produced a list and map of currently available one-bedroom rentals that are priced furthest below their neighborhood medians. But act fast, because these units disappear quickly.
Looking at the more than 3,000 one-bedroom apartments available on the listing website CityRealty, the median rental price for a one-bedroom in Manhattan and northern Brooklyn stands at $3,400 per month. Inwood has the cheapest median one-bedroom rents, coming in at $1,625 per month, followed by Prospect-Lefferts Gardens at $1,725 and Hamilton Heights at $1,848. On the opposite end, Noho has the highest one-bed median rent at $5,495 per month, followed by the Upper East Side along Central Park at $5,175, and Tribeca at $5,000.
Park/Fifth Avenues From 59th Street to 79th Street
Neighborhood median for a one-bedroom rental: $5,500/month
43 East 67th Street, #4A: 54 percent below the neighborhood median
1 bed/1 bath – $2,550/month
This sunny apartment is located in a Lenox Hill townhouse. It has large south-facing window, original parquet wood floors, crown moldings, french doors, a separate kitchen, two closets, and a large living space. It’s a third-floor walkup and is available immediately. See the full listing >>
This unit has quite a large kitchen with a separate pantry closet. The living room is large with crown and base moldings, and the bedroom is through a charming arched doorway. See the full listing >>
A cozy space, this apartment has the wood floors and exposed brick that so many New Yorkers desire. Plus, there’s an eat-in kitchen (virtually unheard of in this market) with updated appliances. Though there’s only one closet, the built-in window seat offers additional storage. The bedroom can fit a queen-sized bed, and it’s just a second-floor walkup. See the full listing >>
This rent-stabilized home is newly renovated and bright. It has hardwood floors, a separate kitchen (with dishwasher!), and high ceilings. The bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, and you can’t beat this prime Lincoln Center location. See the full listing >>
This nice rental offers hardwood floors, granite counters, and a bedroom that can fit a king-sized bed. See the full listing >>
Completely renovated, this unit is within a grand Brownstone on a tree-lined block between Broadway and West End Avenue. It boasts 13-foot ceilings, bay windows facing the street, a separate kitchen with an island, and large closets with overhead storage space. See the full listing >>
In addition to the trendy LES location, this rental provides a bedroom big enough for a queen-sized bed plus furniture and a living room that fits a full-sized sofa and lots more. See the full listing >>
Referred to as “extra spacious,” this second-floor walkup has a newly renovated kitchen with the much-coveted dishwasher and built-in microwave, as well as a large bedroom with a closet, and clawfoot tub in the bathroom. See the full listing >>
Here you’ll find abundant closets, high ceilings, and hardwood floors. And to boot, it’s just a five-minute walk from the #6 train. See the full listing >>
This very bright unit has a separate windowed kitchen, a walk-in closet, and “pre war character and charm.” See the full listing >>
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