The Most Popular Manhattan Rentals of 2018

Price $4,500
Space 3 beds, 2 baths
Neighborhood East Village

It’s no surprise that this apartment was the most popular Manhattan rental of 2018. It’s on a great East Village street with all kinds of restaurants and cafes right out the door. Plus it has 3 queen-size bedrooms, exposed brick on just about every wall, and the coveted in-unit washer and dryer. Whoever scored this apartment won NYC renting in 2018.

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Price $5,373
Space 3 beds, 2 baths
Neighborhood West Chelsea

Before you choke on the rent, consider that this is a 3-bedroom and 2-bathroom in West Chelsea. It’s located on a picturesque, tree-lined street about a block away from the High Line. And it’s pretty nice. Just look at that neat and tidy kitchen with gray, Shaker-style cabinets and wall of appliances. Still, the $5,373 rent is net-effective — the legal rent is $6,350 per month. Now you can choke.

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Price $3,695
Space 3 beds, 1 bath
Neighborhood Chinatown

How often does a great 3-bedroom rental come available in Chinatown? And here’s a glimpse of the flair we mentioned: Not only is the brick here exposed, but the original beam ceilings are beautifully restored and exposed as well. The only downside to this place is that it has only 1 bathroom.

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The Most Popular Manhattan Homes for Sale in 2018

Price $579,000
Space 2 beds, 1 bath
Neighborhood Lenox Hill

A 2-bedroom for $579,000 in Lenox Hill that’s still on the market? What’s the catch? According to the listing description, this unit is in a formerly land-lease building; the co-op has purchased the underlying land, which accounts for the hefty monthly maintenance fee of $4,230. But look — this apartment has 975 square feet of space and is in mint condition. For the right buyer looking for a prime location, this might just work. If that’s you, contact Mark Lynch and Kirstin Allen at Douglas Elliman.

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Price $849,990
Space 1 bed, 2 baths
Neighborhood Flatiron

After nearly five months on the market, this 1-bedroom duplex condop is still available. The square footage is a generous 905, and the finishes are pristine. The spiral staircase, while visually appealing, could be tiring to navigate. Thankfully, there are two full baths on each floor. There is a proposed layout in the floor plan to carve up the master into a second bedroom. Interested? Contact Coco Dorneanu or Tiffany Ong of Argo Residential.

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Price $731,000
Space 1 bed, 1 bath
Neighborhood Greenwich Village

There’s not a lot of bells and whistles to this place — it’s just a solid apartment in a great part of town. It’s a high-floor corner unit, so there’s plenty of light and wide-open views of the Empire State building and the neighborhood. Box beam ceilings offer character, and the hardwood floors have a warm, honey finish. The apartment has great appeal, which is probably why it closed in November for a few thousand above the original asking price of $725,000.

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