Many NYC apartments are either dripping with character or sleekly renovated to be completely modern. It’s rare to find both in one place, and especially rare at an affordable price point! But that’s the just the trick this Upper West Side studio pulls off brilliantly. Our Rental of the Week has prewar detail galore in the living areas with brand-new luxury in the kitchen and bath, all for a fantastic price.
Address: 158 W. 84th St. #1D
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Best feature: Now this studio living done right. The tin ceilings and exposed brick fireplace wall remind you that you’re in a classic UWS prewar, built in 1900. The utterly modern stainless steel kitchen and slickly tiled bath provide a hint of luxury and a ton of convenience. (There’s even a dishwasher!) And the lofted sleeping area makes the most of the limited square footage. Well done!
Finally, this home isn’t just beautiful, it’s also beautifully located on 84th & Amsterdam. You’ve got Riverside Park to one side, Central Park to the other, and all the UWS restaurants you could ever want nearby. Both Zabar’s and Barney Greengrass are just a few short blocks away.
Why it’s a deal: The median rent for an Upper West Side studio is $2,412. That puts our Rental of the Week more than $160 per month below average for the neighborhood. Score!
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Biggest drawback: Studio living isn’t for everyone, of course. The sleeping loft might not inspire sweet dreams for you — that ladder seems iffy if you’re half-asleep, or after a few drinks. The kitchen is slick but small, with almost no counter space. And the unit is at ground level, facing the street, which is probably fairly noisy even on a quiet block like this.