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The Most Beautiful Rentals in New York City for Every Budget

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Guess how much this apartment is? Hint: not $50,000/month.

The most expensive apartment in New York City costs $500,000/month. Lest that lead people to believe that renting in New York is only for gazillionaires, rest assured. It may take some StreetEasy scouring, but there are truly lovely apartments on the rental market right now that fit most price points. The 24 sweet specimens collected here range from an extremely affordable $1,500/month to, well, some palatial apartments circa $50,000 to ogle. There really is something for (almost) everyone.

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↑ It is a challenge to find a "beautiful" rental with the limited budget of 1,500/month. But this Harlem studio in a new building has exposed brick, plus an updated galley kitchen and bathroom. It's not drop-dead gorgeous, but it'll do the job.


↑ With $2,200 to spend, more options open up. This Upper East Side studio is more sizable than the Harlem alternative above, and it comes with access to a lovely roof deck. It also comes furnished.


↑ A sleek studio at the modern, amenity-filled 109 Gold Street in Downtown Brooklyn is leasing for $2,500/month. It's got a balcony and an in-unit washer-dryer.


↑ If you're willing to spend $3,000/month, head to Stuy Town for some good deals. The model units are nicely furnished and show the apartments' potential; but be warned, the images in the listing photo aren't of the actual unit. One 1BR/1BA (floorplan above) is $3,045.


↑ To live in a serviced building in Chelsea, one must shell out $3,500 a month. But at least this studio has a dishwasher, a walk-in closet, a communal roof deck, and bike storage.


↑ Movin' on up: the decor of this $3,800/month one-bedroom in Clinton Hill isn't the most glamorous, but the lush garden more than makes up for it.


↑ In Soho, $4,500 in rent gets you a high-ceilinged apartment with giant windows and a lofted area for sleeping. But it's Soho, goshdarnit, so people pay. Because it has an authentic column and exposed brick painted white.


↑ Over to the East 19th Street near quaint Irving Place, where you'll find, well, a quaint garden-level apartment asking $4,995/month. Sure, there's a sleep loft, but the apartment seems spacious enough, and that amount of pleasant, private outdoor space may tip the scale for many renters.


↑ The surfboard over the bed says everything about the vibe here. We said it last week: this outdoor space in this $7,995 Williamsburg rental wins summer. It's a 3BR/3BA duplex with a separate backyard cabin-like retreat that would be anyone's summer oasis.


↑ There are, sadly, not that many photos in the listing for $10,000/month Lincoln Square three-bedroom located in a townhouse, But let's just presume based on the living room's ceiling and the dining room's chandelier and moldings that the rest of it is really pretty, too.


↑ Oh hey, deep-pocketed renters who can spend about $15,000 a month on rent—your choices are pretty sweet. Take this 3BR/3.5BA at the Clocktower building in Dumbo, where Anne Hathaway once lived (and had an extra apartment that served as a closet). The views. Just the views.


↑ At the 20,000 price point, there are many attractive townhouses available for rent. But there's also this loft in Cooper Square's Carl Fischer Building, which has modern flair among its open living space, two bedroom, and two baths, as well as rather nifty arched windows.


↑ The more you can spend on rent, the fewer options there are on the market. With $22,500/month to burn, try this Flatiron loft on for size. The 4BR/3BA's 4,000 square feet has both open space and distinct rooms.


↑ A budget of $25,000/month can either get you a sleek condo at 1 Morton Street or this utterly charming West Village townhouse. Expect mood-setting wooden floors, beams overhead, lots of fireplaces, a clawfoot tub, and a charming backyard.


↑ A beautiful Tribeca duplex with four exposures is on the rental market for $27,000/month, —or you could even buy it, if you're so inclined (for $9.8 million). You get four bedrooms, a generous terrace, and views framed by the handsome brick arches atop 101 Hudson Street, built in 1919.


↑ Turns out $30,000/month is some kind of magic number for beautiful rentals, with options from a Jean Nouvel-designed glassy and curvy specimen and an Upper West Side old-fashioned townhouse to a contemporary Chelsea house and a modern West Village loft. But the winner of this price point is Tribeca's best staircase. Curbed has been tracking the staircase, and its travails on and off the market, since 2011. Afraid to commit? Rent the 3BR/2.5BA condo for $30K and traipse up and down it for a spell. More photos, over here.


↑ How appropriate that a duplex penthouse overlooking Lincoln Center has a piano right by the window. At Liberty Lofts, $32,500/month gets you four bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a grand staircase, and a 1,200-square-foot roof terrace.


↑ Tribeca's 101 Warren is home to one of the city's most expensive rentals, at $90,000/month. By comparison, "townhouse 5B," asking $35,000, seems a relative bargain, right? The 5BR/4.5BA apartment's main draw is the wraparound terrace, a verdant, pine tree-filled oasis that is basically bigger than the interior.


↑ On the Upper East Side, this $38,000/month duplex is rather grand. The 3BR/4BA has 18-foot cathedral ceilings in the living room, punctuated with arched windows, while the formal dining room has French doors that lead out to an air-conditioned solarium. The "oversized" Jacuzzi tub sunken into the bathroom floor looks nice for a soak, too.


↑ The number of monochromatic squares of art in a living room are directly correlated with value. So the $39,500/month commanded by the recently renovated Park Avenue 4BR/5.5BA pictured here is (probably) worth its price tag.


↑ The pioneering skyscraper o' condos that gave Billionaires Row on 57th Street its name, One57 is now renting some of the units it couldn't sell—to the 1%, of course. Shelling out $42,500/month gets a two-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom unit with views of Central Park. And hey, it comes furnished.


↑ This West Village townhouse with six bedrooms and 4.5 baths is asking $45,000/month. There's also a two-tiered garden "with Ipe wood deck, beautifully landscaped with 14ft river birch trees, flowering perennials and annuals," plus an outdoor kitchen with a built-in BBQ grill and sound system.


↑ For $48,000/month, of course you can rent a gilded triplex with a mirrored living room ballroom. Carved from a landmarked Upper East Side townhouse, it has original hand-painted murals and 24-carat gold paneling, a formal dining room with a wood-burning fireplace, a private patio with a fountain, and not one, but two washer/dryers.


↑ It would be fitting for the most expensive rental in this roundup—but not, of course, in the city as a whole—to be located the Limestone Jesus, a.k.a. the luxury bastion of celebrities and power brokers that is 15 Central Park West. Of course, it does have a glamorous rental for $50,000/month. But another apartment uptown has a bit more character. In 30 East 85th Street, a full service doorman and concierge condo building on the Upper East Side located a block from the Met, there's this 5BR/6BA triplex penthouse with an old-school vibe. Check out the four terraces, high ceilings, and sweeping views.

· Behold, the 10 Most Expensive Apartments for Rent in NYC [Curbed]
· All Renters Week coverage [Curbed]