While summer is traditionally the busiest moving season in New York City, things for sure look different this year as more apartments are staying on the market and landlords stand by with rental discounts. In other words, you may be able to scoop up a better deal than usual.
After highlighting two-bedroom steals on the market for under $2,500, this week we’ve turned our magnifying glass to the best one-bedroom deals for those looking to move on from a studio, leave the roommate life behind, or just get better value for the money.
Our search led us to three apartments in Inwood, Astoria, and Ditmas Park — all renting at or below $2,000 (for context, the median asking rent for a one-bedroom in NYC in May was $2,950). Each comes with its own perks, like rent stabilization or a large living room, and can be scoped out right this moment via virtual or video tours, which we’ve used to vet the picks.
Why it’s a great deal: Not only is this second-floor apartment (in a five-story walk-up) at 66 Post Avenue a rare rent-stabilized unit, but it comes in sparkling condition after a gut renovation. The kitchen features new stainless-steel appliances, loads of cabinets (and built-in open shelving), and subway-tile backsplash. At about 12 3⁄4 by 12 feet and close to 13 by 10 feet, the living room and bedroom, respectively, are spacious for NYC. The building is located at the tippy-top of Manhattan, with the Dyckman Street A express-train stop a seven-minute walk away, and you’d also be a 15-minute stroll from Fort Tryon Park and its transportive Met Cloisters museum and Hudson River views. There are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby along Dyckman Street and West 207th Street, including neighborhood gems like Guadalupe Restaurant and the wine and cheese bar Tannat. See a video tour here.
Why it’s a great deal: Astoria often comes through with the best bang for your buck (the average one-bedroom rent there is $1,952), and this second-floor unit at 25-41 30th Road is proof. The bedroom and living room are objectively large, the latter measuring 15 1⁄2 by 12 feet — long enough to fit a dining area or sizable work desk. The kitchen comes with updated finishes, including new dark wood cabinets and Caesarstone quartz countertops, and the bathroom has been gut renovated as well. There’s an R-train stop a four-minute walk away from this prewar elevator building. Nearby, you can indulge in one of the most diverse ranges of dining options in the city, from Thai at Pye Boat Noodle to Indian at Kurry Qulture to Turkish at Lokanta. See a video tour here.
Neighborhood: Ditmas Park (Flatbush)
Why it’s a great deal: First off, a rental concession: The owner of this sleek unit at 2015 Dorchester Road is offering two weeks free on a 12-month lease, which brings the monthly rent down to $1,701. Entering the apartment, you’ll find the bedroom on the left and the living room with an open kitchenette (and gorgeous parquet floors) on the right. The prewar building is pet friendly and comes with an elevator and laundry room. There’s a C-Town Supermarket a three-minute walk away on bustling Flatbush Avenue (home to the iconic Kings Theatre). The nearest subway stop is the Q at Cortelyou Road (about a ten-minute walk), which is surrounded by popular neighborhood spots like Cafe Madeline and the Farm on Adderley, plus more grocery options including a Key Food supermarket, the Flatbush Food Co-op, and Cortelyou Greenmarket, a small farmers’ market on Sundays between Argyle and Rugby Roads. See a video of the unit here and a 3-D tour here.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated that all three apartments were no-fee units; only the Ditmas Park unit does not have a broker’s fee. Curbed regrets the error.