The Apartment Amenity You *Probably* Want the Most, According to the Neighborhood You Live In
We all have a dream apartment wish list: exposed brick, south-facing windows, built-in soft-serve dispenser (maybe that last one’s just us). And then we have our back-to-reality list, which is decidedly more pared down. But it turns out the features we covet might have something to do with where we live—or want to live.
Our friends at StreetEasy analyzed apartment searches from the past year to see what people looked for in specific neighborhoods, and the results are fascinating. Below, the most popular perks in seven nabes, along with current listings that fit the bill.
L-train shutdown notwithstanding, residents of the ’Burg go nuts for the high ceilings and architectural details of converted spaces, like this one-bedroom, two-bath space ($3,896) inside a former church. (Same goes for Soho and Tribeca.)
Hell's Kitchen: Furnished
We’re not sure whether those on the West Side are relocating on short notice or just really hate going to IKEA, but they shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a fully equipped place, like this $2,800 studio.
Park Slope: Outdoor Space
Apartment seekers in the Slope (and many surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods) love their backyards, terraces and rooftops. We wouldn’t mind going to a barbecue in the private garden of this $5,500 three-bedroom townhouse (so if you end up there, please invite us).
We’re honestly surprised this one wasn’t more common, but clearly, Harlemites have their priorities in order. Along with plenty of buildings with shared laundry, we found a handful with in-unit washer-dryers, like this three-bedroom, two-bath flat ($3,795).
Not content to wait for the N/W, Astorians (along with their neighbors in LIC) want their wheels easily accessible. Thanks to a spate of new developments, that shouldn’t be a problem: We found dozens of car-friendly options, including this no-fee two-bedroom for $3,895.
West Village: Fireplace
Of course residents of the absurdly charming nabe have an absurdly charming amenity at the top of their lists. In the case of most rentals, that usually means a purely decorative hearth, but you can actually cozy up to a wood-burning blaze at this $3,600 one-bedroom.
Mott Haven: Pets
Far and away, this is the most-searched requirement across the city, but it’s especially a priority in the outer boroughs. Fortunately, you and Paprika will be right at home in this $1,750 studio, which happens to be in one of our favorite neighborhoods.