Tired of roommates? Here are 5 studios in NYC renting for under $2,500/month
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Tired of roommates? Here are 5 studios in NYC renting for under $2,500/month

November 11, 2020

Sharing space with roommates in a small New York City apartment has never been easy. But doing so during a pandemic while many are still working from home? Almost impossible. As winter approaches and takes safe outdoor activities with it, now may be a good time to look for your own apartment. And with average rents still down compared to the same period last year, you’re more likely to scoop up a decent deal. For those ready to ditch the roommates, we’ve found five studio apartments perfect for one, from a sunny Sutton Place rental for $1,538/month to a $2,479/month junior one-bedroom with amenities in Gramercy Park.

Photos courtesy of Warburg Realty

1057 First Avenue, 3D
Sutton Place
You can live in one of Manhattan’s most private and prestigious neighborhoods for just $1,538/month. For a studio apartment, this rent-stabilized Sutton Place rental at 1057 First Avenue offers a decent amount of space and storage thanks to an open-concept kitchen that leads to the living area. The sunny apartment has been gut renovated and boasts new hardwood floors and a tiled bathroom. According to the listing, the price offered reflects two months of free rent. Located a ten-minute walk from the E, M trains at Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street and the N, R, and W trains at 57th Street, the building is near many restaurants, bars, and retail stores.

[Listing details: 1057 First Avenue, 3D at CityRealty]
[At Warburg Realty by Becki Danchik]

Photos courtesy of Warburg Realty

112 West 121st Street, Apt 3
On a beautiful block of brownstones and across from a park, this Harlem studio is asking $1,675/month. Located within an 1890-built building, the parlor-level apartment boasts classic townhouse-style bay windows and tall ceilings. The cozy kitchen takes up a corner alcove away from the living area and the bathroom has been recently renovated. In addition to its affordability, the location is hard to beat, with neighborhood restaurant favorites like Amy Ruth’s, Sylvia’s, and Red Rooster, green space like Marcus Garvey Park, and the convenient 2,3 subway train, all within walking distance.

[Listing details: 112 West 121st Street, Apt 3 at CityRealty]
[At Warburg Realty by Becki Danchik]

Photos courtesy of Michael J. Franco/Compass

201 East 21st Street, Unit 16H
While this $2,475/month studio nears the top of the budget, the separate alcove space makes this apartment more like a junior one-bedroom. Bi-fold French doors divide the bedroom (which the listing says can fit a king-sized bed) from the living and dining area. Tucked away in its own corner, the kitchen features a dishwasher, granite countertops, and white wooden cabinetry. Another plus, the apartment has three spacious closets. While Gramercy neighborhood is chock-full with fun watering holes and tasty dining options, the apartment remains quiet thanks to its location on the 16th floor. The Quaker Ridge co-op offers residents a full-time doorman, bike room, and on-site garage.

[Listing details: 201 East 21st Street, Unit 16H at CityRealty]
[At Compass by Michael J. Franco]

Photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

44 South Oxford Street, #1A
Fort Greene
The natural light, 24-hour fitness center, and on-site laundry already make this Fort Greene studio apartment winner. But the relatively affordable $1,900 monthly rent helps put it over the top. While it’s small in size, the apartment’s design elements stand out, including its dark oak wood flooring, decorative fireplace, and stainless steel appliances. The unit faces the street, with large windows helping brighten the ground-floor apartment. Situated between Dekalb and Lafayette Avenues, the rental is just one block from lovely Fort Greene park and the many hip bars, cafes, and restaurants of the area.

[Listing details: 44 South Oxford Street, #1A at CityRealty]
[At The Corcoran Group by Levi Epstein and Shloma Hecht]

Photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

2490 Third Avenue, Unit 2C
Mott Haven
A studio at a brand new building in Mott Haven is available for $1,735/month. Located at 2490 Third Avenue, the rental offers a number of amenities including a fitness center, roof deck with unobstructed views, bike storage, and a package room. Inside, residences boast black quartz countertops, wood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, heated bathroom floors, deep soaking tubs, and an in-unit washer-dryer. In addition to the amenity package and newly-constructed interiors, the building is just a two-minute walk to the 6 train at 3 Avenue-138th Street, making a commute to Midtown less than 30 minutes.

[Listing details:2490 Third Avenue, Unit 2 at CityRealty]
[At The Corcoran Group by Jillian Faulls and Ramona Vicenty]


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