A charming short-term studio lets you test-drive a Brooklyn neighborhood before committing

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This studio at 125 Court Street, between Atlantic Avenue and State Street, is at the intersection of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and downtown Brooklyn. And though the monthly rent is $2,795, the current tenant will pay one month's rent, which makes your net effective rent  $2,487.

Note that you'll be taking over a lease that ends on November 14 (you'll still have to be accepted by the building and make 40 times the monthly rent to qualify). The upside to that is you get to try out the neighborhood, the building and the apartment without making a whole year's commitment. The downside: You'll have to move or your rent will likely be increased in just nine months.

It's available either furnished (for $3,000 a month) or unfurnished.

First and last month's rent will be due upon commitment, and there's a $500 application fee from the building, which will be put toward the security deposit.

While that's a lot of money upfront, the apartment has its benefits. First, it's the largest studio floor plan in the building, clocking in at 520 square feet, complete with a separate sleeping alcove (and a bathroom that's right off the sleeping area). There are four large closets and a modern open kitchen with a dishwasher and decent storage.

There's laundry on every floor of the building, a 24-hour concierge, and a 40,000-square-foot YMCA gym in the building.

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