Take It Or Leave It

Is $4,000 a month too much for a cute Park Slope two-bedroom near a big construction site?

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Just a short trek to the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Prospect Park, this $4,000 a month Park Slope two-bedroom has two full bathrooms, a renovated kitchen, in-unit laundry, a wood-burning fireplace and a private 450-square-foot roof deck with a grill. Sounds amazing, but do our panelists think that it’s too good to be true? RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter, assess the situation in this week’s Take It or Leave It.

The Apartment:

Size: two bedrooms, two bathrooms                                             
Location: 586 Pacific Street between Fourth and Flatbush Avenues in Park Slope, Brooklyn
Cost: $4,000/month
Flexible Layout: No
Days on the market: 7
Subway: B, D, N, R, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 at Pacific St.; 2, 3 at Bergen St.; G at Fulton St.; C at Lafayette Ave.; 2, 3, 4, 5 at Nevins St.; B, Q, R at DeKalb Ave.; LIRR at Flatbush Ave.

Pros and Cons:

“This place looks awesome! There’s exposed brick, a newish kitchen, a working fireplace and a big honking roof deck with a grill and a great view. I’m struggling to find a con for this place, but if I have to mention something, it seems like maybe the second bedroom is on the small side.”—Zeb

“What’s not to love about this two-bedroom/two-bathroom that boasts a private roof deck, a grill, a washer/dryer and, gasp, storage, too! While this place promises everything you need for perfect Brooklyn brownstone living, you should know that this building is right in the shadow of the massive Atlantic Yards construction project, which isn’t even close to being finished.”—Lambeth

“I love the exposed brick charm and the fact that the apartment is in really good shape. Plus, it has two things New Yorkers dream of: in-unit laundry and outdoor space. The second bedroom is on the smaller side, but I’ve certainly seen worse. Also, it’s close to the Barclays Center, which depending on how you look at it could be either a plus--lots to do!--or a minus--lots of crowds and noise.”Lucy

Who would this apartment be perfect for?

“A family with one or two little ones. But it would also be great for anyone who wants to take advantage of that amazing deck.”—Zeb

“A couple who loves all that the Barclays Center has to offer and doesn’t mind waiting to rent this place--it isn’t available until July 1.”Lambeth

“A young couple looking for a place with an office or a family that loves to barbecue.” Lucy

The Verdict(s):

TAKE IT “Unless the noise from bustling Flatbush Avenue is too loud for you, this place seems like a total find.”—Zeb

LEAVE IT “…but revisit the location once construction is done, which, when all is said and done, likely won’t be until 2016.”Lambeth

TAKE IT “For the outdoor space and exposed brick alone.” Lucy

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Take It Or Leave It is a weekly column in which a panel of long-time renters weighs in on the pros and cons of an apartment that’s currently on the market.

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