I'm looking to relocate from the Upper West Side, and I'm thinking of looking in the Washington Square area. My budget is $2000. Is it possible to even get a small studio in the area? A bigger issue is the availability of apartments. I imagine many are owned by NYU. Thanks for any input. Love the area and would kill to live there.
Forget it honey.
I can rent you my hall closet at 15 West 72nd street for $2,000/month, but you don't get to use my bathroom.
[quote]Is it possible to even get a small studio in the area?
Not without extreme difficulty, at least if you want something outside of Alphabet City.
[quote]A bigger issue is the availability of apartments. I imagine many are owned by NYU.
Correct, but the flip side there is that your best bet of finding a place is right about now for a June 1 move-in, after the current semester is over. Btw I say all this having lived a half-block from Astor Place until fairly recently. My old $4,500/mo 2BR walk-up (shared w/a roommate) was reno'd into two separate units, a 1BR and studio, and now rented for a combined $7,000/month ($4K for 1BR and $3K for the studio, and they're large by NYC standards but by no means "luxury").
OP, if you're currently living in the UWS, then you must know your 2,000 budget is NOT enough for a studio below 125th St. Are you maybe in Washington Heights? That's NOT the UWS, hon.
OP---have you heard of Staten Island?
Is the Pope Catholic, OP?
Does the Pope shit in the woods?
Why would anyone who's not a spoiled suburban NYU undergrad WANT to live in that area?
That dream of "the Village" hasn't really existed since the 50s. Look elsewhere, OP.
What are you talking about, R5? I was apartment-hunting not that long ago and saw a newly renovated studio with a ton of closet space, in a doorman building with an elevator, in the upper 90s for $2,000. There were plenty of other studios between 72nd and 117th, all for less than $2,000. Get a broker if you can't find them on your own.
I must be lucky. I have a 1 bedroom in Murray Hil that I pay 1350.00 a month for. It's about 900 square feet, doorman, pre war. I've been here since 2003.
What's wrong with your apartment, r11? There must be something you're not telling us.
It's called rent control.
I had a studio in the West Village for $1600/month but that was in 2009 and it was very small. Prewar, no doorman. Loved the location and being near all of the gay bars but it gets old fast.