A private balcony or terrace in New York City has always been a coveted amenity. And now, with warm weather well under way and many people having been mostly cooped up for months, the ability to relax outdoors without leaving your apartment is more alluring than ever.
For this week’s roundup of rental deals, we’ve tracked down three apartments with particularly enticing open-air oases: a one-bedroom with a massive patio in Midwood, a two-bedroom with two balconies in Long Island City, and a studio in the Village with a balcony overlooking Bleecker Street.
Why it’s a great deal: Larger buildings are some of the best places to score rental discounts right now, and this no-fee one-bedroom in a Midwood new development is a prime example. A discount on a 14-month lease brings the gross rent of $2,850 a month down to the advertised net rent of $2,498 a month. The main draw is, of course, the 24-foot-long private patio right outside the living room and bedroom, with enough space for an outdoor sofa or dining set. An in-unit washer-dryer and dishwasher also make the homebody life a breeze. The building, at East 14th Street, is a four-minute walk to the Q train at Avenue M, and a ten-minute walk up to Avenue J (or one stop on the Q) brings a slew of eateries, including the acclaimed Di Fara Pizza. Note: The living-room and bedroom photos show a model unit, which you can also tour in 3-D here.
Neigborhood: Long Island City
Why it’s a great deal: This Long Island City two-bedroom, with a rent already way below the neighborhood median of $4,235 a month, per StreetEasy, comes with not one but two balconies — one off the master bedroom, and a bigger one off the second bedroom; both feature peeks of the Manhattan skyline in the distance. The 825-square-foot apartment also has two bathrooms (one in the master), plus a kitchen with granite countertops, glossy white cabinets, and a dishwasher. Located at 37-34 29th Street, the elevator building offers garage parking and on-site storage, plus it is easy walking distance to the N and W trains at 39th Avenue and popular neighborhood spots Beija Flor and Boishakhi. Note: These photos show similar units; watch a video tour of the actual unit here.
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Why it’s a great deal: Yes, it’s a studio, but this Greenwich Village unit combines prime balcony real estate — a private perch right above Bleecker Street — with updated finishes like a kitchen peninsula and glass closet doors. The 430-square-foot, high-ceilinged unit is in a 24-hour doorman building with laundry on every floor. From its location at 184 Thompson Street, you can walk to Washington Square Park in three minutes and the middle of Soho in ten. Stay on the block for neighborhood icons like Carbone and Tomoe Sushi.