Take It Or Leave It

Is this Bushwick one-bedroom too good to be true?

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Just because you can't afford your very own Brooklyn brownstone doesn't mean you can't live the lifestyle—albeit on a smaller scale. This Bushwick one-bedroom for $1,875 a month is on the first floor of a three-story, two-family townhouse and measures a modest 500 square feet, according to the listing. The brand new apartment's got lots of bells and whistles, including granite and stainless steel finishes, a washer/dryer, multiple closets and a private outdoor space (that could benefit from someone with a green thumb). Note that smokers and pet owners need not apply.

We asked our veteran renters, including RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and myself to weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.​

Size: 1-bed, 1-bath
Location: 931 Bushwick Avenue (between Bleecker and Greene)
Cost: $1,875/mo
Flexible Layout: No
Days on the market: 25 Days
Subway: J, Z to Gates, J to Kosciusko, M To Central

Pros and Cons:

"Everything looks so new and modern, and I love the large closets and stainless kitchen appliances, which still have their stickers on them. That said, I'd be a little concerned about safety considering that it's on the first floor of a townhouse and there's a patio that leads into the bedroom. Plus, it's on the petite side, and considering you'll likely only have one set of neighbors—the owners I presume?—you better hope you get along." - Lucy

"Here's a reasonably priced one-bedroom with a backyard in a newly renovated Bushwick apartment. But you're on the ground floor, which means you need to worry about theft and have bars on your windows. And you're more likely to encounter a rodent problem."- Zeb

"So this apartment is intriguing—it’s a renovated floor-through one-bedroom in a welcoming peach-colored building that dates to 1901 that was just sold the week of Thanksgiving for $1.1 million. It has one of the most adorable kitchens—so much cabinetry!—and the washer/dryer advertised in the space might be too good to be true. But, before you skip out on the M train to check it out, keep in mind that this is a street-level pad so the front might be noisy late at night and the ‘garden,’ a.k.a. the half concrete/half weedy space would be a labor of love to restore."- Lambeth​

Who would this apartment be perfect for?

"A young couple—I, for one, wouldn't want to live there as a woman alone—who likes to have friends over and will take advantage of their outdoor space. And anyone who has a green thumb could pretty up the back space." - Lucy

"This is a good place for a couple on a budget, with no pets, and who are already confident they'd enjoy the Bushwick neighborhood. It's looking more like Williamsburg every year." - Zeb

"A couple who want to ditch their CSA and grow their own produce as soon as the weather warms." - Lambeth

The Verdict(s):

LEAVE IT "There are a lot of plusses to this apartment, but for me the safety concerns trump those. " - Lucy

LEAVE IT "The few things that count against this place add up fast. You should be able to find better." - Zeb

TAKE IT "...after doing a bunch of late-night walks to see just how loud the block is and after making sure you get along with the owners." - Lambeth

Ready to rent? Checkout our How To Rent Guide ...and if the apartment you like requires a guarantor that you don't have, see if the landlord accepts Insurent, a guarantor solution from one of BrickUnderground's sponsors.

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