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Downtown Manhattan is full of tiny apartments tucked on side streets and perched on top of six-floor walk-ups. Many of them are overpriced and underwhelming — but some are gems. Take this West Village 1-bedroom deal on Christopher Street listed for $2,295. It may be small, but the price and the location make it a major find for a frugal renter.

Address: 35 Christopher St. #5B

Price: $2,295

Size: 1 bedroom

Neighborhood: West Village

Best feature: Let’s call a spade a spade: This is apartment is small, and there’s absolutely nothing fancy about it. But, for an incredible price, it offers a launchpad for life in one of the city’s most coveted neighborhoods. Sandwiched between trendy cafes and dive bars, this location is right in the thick of the West Village. (That window may look out on a brick wall, but as we like to say here at StreetEasy, behind that wall is NYC.) It oozes a classic, no-frills rental charm that’s hard to find in fancier parts of the city these days, and we’re into it.

Why it’s a deal: The median rent for a 1-bedroom in the West Village is $3,995. At $2,295, this West Village 1-bedroom deal is substantially less than that. And by substantially, we mean a solid $1,700 less.

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Biggest drawback: This apartment is a walk-up, and based on the unit number, we surmise it’s on the fifth floor. A fifth-floor walk-up may not be as bad as a sixth-floor walk-up, but renters of this apartment will earn their NYC chops. Also, there’s practically no counter space.

See the listing: 335 Christopher St. #5B, listed by Richard Janeiro of Best Apartments North.

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