Take It Or Leave It

Home cooks take note: What this West Chelsea apartment lacks in bedroom size it makes up for in kitchen size

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If you want to live by the High Line, and having ample space to cook and eat is of top priority, you may want to check out this $3,000 one-bedroom, one-bath on 24th Street and Ninth Avenue. The dog-friendly, elevator building has laundry facilities and is located on a tree-lined street. 

While the bedroom is small, there is a true eat-in kitchen, hardwood floors, a windowed bathroom, and a ceiling fan in both the living room and bedroom.  And lest you think it's rather pricey, note that the median price for a one-bedroom in the highly sought after neighborhood is over $1,000 more, according to StreetEasy.

So, is it worth checking out? We asked our experts (and veteran renters), RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin and freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald to weigh in with me on this week's Take It or Leave It.​

The apartment:

Size: One-bedroom, one-bath
Location: 415 West 24th Street (at Ninth Avenue)
Monthly rent: $3,000/month
Flexible layout: No
Days on the market: 9 days
Subway: C, E at 23rd Street

Pros and cons:

"The location (both the West Chelsea neighborhood and the tree-lined street) are the biggest pros, plus the space feels recently renovated. And obviously, that eat-in kitchen is a major draw. But you'll have to be okay with basically just being able to fit a bed into your bedroom." —Lucy

"This is a good-looking, dog-friendly one-bedroom in a highly desirable location: 24th St in Chelsea. They listed the place with an 11 percent hike from last year, dropped it a little, and it's still up over 7 percent in one year. That's a little aggressive." —Zeb

"Am I seeing things or does this one-bed have a full eat-in kitchen with plentiful cabinets and a large window not to mention a bright, sunny bedroom that overlooks a gorgeous tree-lined Chelsea street? For that reason alone, I’d snag this place ASAP." —Lambeth

Who would this apartment be perfect for?

"A cook who really wants to live in a hip area." —Lucy

"If you love the Hudson River Greenway, the High Line, and can afford the area in general, then you will love this location. The apartment works best for a solo renter or a couple." —Zeb

"A consummate cook or entertainer who doesn’t mind a small-ish living room." —Lambeth

The verdict(s):

TAKE IT "You won't get a better deal in the neighborhood, I think." —Lucy

TAKE IT "Even with the aggressive rent increases, this place is still a relative deal for the area." —Zeb

TAKE IT "Splurge that it is at $3,000/month—before some other High Line fan snatches it up." —Lambeth


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