If you've got $4,500 a month to spend on rent you've got quite a few options in NYC, ranging from luxury one-bedrooms (and bachelor pads) to uptown roommate shares to outer-borough family affairs. As such, we've rounded up apartments currently on the market in your price range in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
Now that we're officially deep into summer, it's getting more difficult NOT to daydream about snagging a beach or country house far away from this steamy city—especially when you consider the price tags.
When multiple people are involved, the process of renting gets even tougher.
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As if locking down a New York City rental isn't hard enough, doing it with roommates ups the difficulty quotient exponentially. Not only does everyone want something slightly different, but wrangling all parties to an apartment showing at once is its own hassle.
by Judy Gold as told to Abby Margulies | 7/31/14 - 12:59 PM
Emmy Award-winning actress and stand-up comedian Judy Gold has appeared on "Celebrity Wife Swap," “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off” and “Chopped All-Stars." A former writer and producer for "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," she is also the creator of two one-woman plays, "The Judy Show—My Life as a Sitcom" and "25 Questions for a Jewish Mother."
Gold has lived on the Upper West Side for 30 years, arriving in the city after graduating from college in New Jersey. She now rents a two-bedroom in the West 90s with her family, but before that, she had her fair share of weird roommate experiences.
My sophomore year at Rutgers, I shared a dorm room with a girl who I'd met during my freshman year. Everyday she used to put on her makeup while listening to Pat Benatar and then would spray her face with AquaNet, a hairspray that’s thick—it’s the reason there’s no ozone layer—in a 10-by-10-foot room. I’d wake up each morning to "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and the smell of the ozone layer disappearing.
At $12.80 a piece, these reusable sailboat decals from Wall Candy Arts are a pretty cheap way to liven up a wall
Aside from being a decorating fallback for those of us too lazy to paint—that salmon-colored entryway isn’t really that bad, right?—removable wallpaper is also a good one for renters, since it comes down with minimal fuss.
But when you consider that it can cost $40 or $50 for a few square feet, doing a full room can get pricey—fast, as Apartment Therapy points out.
Whether it's your first time rooming with someone, or your fifth, conflict will likely ensue. There's so much fodder for friction: What’s the best way to look for an apartment, who gets which bedroom, how do you make sure the damn place gets cleaned?
We compiled some of the trickiest roommate-related conundrums and canvassed average New Yorkers, real estate brokers and roommate experts for their best advice.
Did you really need to skip doing the dishes, again??
It goes without saying—or it should, anyway—that living with a significant other is a very different undertaking than just dating, even if you already spend every night of the week together. Having no escape hatch to disappear to when you need breathing room will be a challenge. After all, sharing a bathroom is nothing if not a new level of intimacy, and minor disputes over the dishes (or the bills, your first cockroach sighting, or pretty much anything else) all of a sudden take on an entirely new significance.
The process can be so fraught that there are even brokers whose designated specialty is to ease the transition for new couples. It's also something a lot of New Yorkers jump into far too early in hopes of saving on rent. (Though in our experience, splitting up a one-bedroom is actually a little more expensive than sharing an apartment with roommates).
So, in the interest of sparing you the misery combo of a broken heart and a broken lease, we've culled wisdom from New Yorkers who've moved in together and survived with their relationships intact—or, at least, learned the hard way what not to do. As with most advice, a lot of this boils down to "share" and "don't be a jerk," but a little extra reminder doesn't hurt.
The price has been reduced from $4,000 a month on this four-bedroom, which offers a roommate-friendly kitchen but a single, cramped bathroom to share.
With even unemployed college grads shelling out $1,000 a month for rooms in the city (does anyone know how they're doing this?), $3,250 a month for a four-bedroom in a renovated pre-war—which shakes out to a little over $800 per person—is about as good a deal as you'll find. And this Hamilton Heights corner apartment is especially well-situated for students at City College and other uptown schools.
While it's got a kitchen large enough for some communal meals (and solid storage), though, the single bathroom reminds us all too well of college crash pads we'd rather leave in the past.
At its newly reduced price, down from $4,000 a month, is this apartment a keeper for the right crew of roommies? Our veteran renters—including RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter—weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
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