I could have called this post “The runner-up.” This well laid-out alcove studio in Chelsea was my back-up apartment for if I didn’t get the Williamsburg 1 BR.
The layout of the N series showed me that living in an alcove studio wouldn’t be a real hardship for me. A similar apartment is available for December if you happen to be apartment hunting. While $2650 might sound pricey to non-New Yorkers, trust me: this represents good value for a Manhattan apartment in a “good” neighborhood. And by good I mean not boring, not isolated, etc.
The fixtures were not what I’d call upscale, but they were acceptable from my perspective. Relatively well-maintained parquet floors. Open kitchen – not condo-quality, but not the old school NYC stove either. The building featured a laundry and a 24 hour doorman in a perfectly fine but somewhat “tired” lobby. And the location was great: dynamic neighborhood without being crazy or loud, and close to lots of transportation options.
Another selling point? Although a broker tried to show me this place, the apartment was, in fact, no-fee. There was a bit of trickery here:
When a broker mentioned the address, asking if I had seen listings there, it sounded familiar. After as many apartments as I had seen, they all started to sound the same. I googled the address and guess what? The first thing I see is the apartment listed on StreetEasy and similar sites for no fee. There was NO WAY IN HELL I was going to let a broker show me an apartment I could rent directly, saving myself thousands of dollars.