The pandemic has made Manhattan more affordable than it’s been in ages. If you long to be in the thick of things, but didn’t think you could swing Manhattan prices, check out our Rental of the Week. This Murray Hill 1BR is spacious and airy, with incredible windows that let the sun shine in. And it’s renting for more than $400 per month less than it did pre-pandemic!

Address: 163 E. 36th St. #3C

Price: $2,150

Size: 1-bedroom

Neighborhood: Murray Hill

Best feature: Hello, natural light! Our Rental of the Week has a full wall of beautiful windows in the living room that make the space feel enormous. The sunshine that pours in highlights the hardwood floors and tall ceilings. There’s also a decorative fireplace with a fun tile mosaic that brings a lot of quirky character. At the other end of the room, an open kitchen features stainless appliances, a dishwasher, and granite counters. There are two huge closets here as well, plus another big one in the queen-size bedroom. The bedroom also has two more tall windows, and the kitchen and bath have windows as well!

As far as location goes, this Murray Hill 1BR is super-central. It’s convenient to multiple train lines, Grand Central, and even the ferry at 34th Street. There’s a ton of shopping and restaurants right there, including a Bed Bath & Beyond, a Target, and delicious Indian food in the neighborhood’s “Curry Hill” area. The building has an elevator and laundry too.

Hot tip: This block comes with a hidden bonus! Right across the street from the building, you’ll find the gated entrance to one of NYC’s most magical secret streets: Sniffen Court. It’s well worth a peek.

Why it’s a deal: Murray Hill is a submarket of Midtown East, which also includes the neighborhoods of Kips Bay and Turtle Bay. The median asking rent here is an even $3,000. That puts our Rental of the Week at close to $1,000 per month below average for the area!

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Biggest drawback: While the living room and bedroom of this Murray Hill 1BR are both spacious, the kitchen is a bit cramped. Even though it has every appliance you could want, there isn’t much in the way of counter space. In addition, the location is very close to the Midtown Tunnel entrance, so traffic noise might be an issue.

See the listing: 163 E. 36th St. #3C, in Murray Hill. To learn more, contact Shai Colodner at Gold & Appel Realty.

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