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An affordable South Slope rental that's fit for a growing family

By Jennifer Laing | October 20, 2014 - 4:38PM 

Finding a truly affordable apartment for a growing family in stroller-friendly Park Slope is a tall order, but at $3,650 a month, this three-bedroom, two-bath condo rental with a backyard in South Slope may just fit the bill. 

On the main floor of this split-level are two bedrooms that share a bath (with a Jacuzzi!). Downstairs there’s another small bedroom (a nursery, perhaps?), a bathroom with a stall shower, plus a larger more flexible space that could function as a play/recreation room, den or even master suite—for those parents who crave a little privacy.

The main floor features open kitchen-living-dining space that encourages family together time. Though small, the kitchen packs the most important family-oriented must-haves: full-sized stainless steel appliances (for cooking larger meals) and tall cabinets (for storing plenty of pantry items and dishes). Counter space is limited but, from the looks of the pictures, a rolling island could go beside the stove to create additional room for prep and serving, while still allowing for a table and chair setup beyond.

The living room looks out onto a private patio that’s also accessible via the lower level. The south-facing garden is large enough for dining, barbecuing and lounging—not to mention a sandbox or other small play area. On the other hand, some parents may not love that the apartment is on street level, if they're worried about being a target for robberies and the like.

The apartment is at 418 17th Street, a pet-friendly condo building zoned for PS 10 Magnet School for Math, Science & Technology, a K-5 that InsideSchools describes as having a welcoming environment and extensive after-school programs. A couple of downsides to the location: it's just a block from the busy Prospect Expressway, and a walk from the heart of Park Slope. 

Currently listed at $3,650 (down from a high of $4,000 in September), apartment 1A is still priced significantly lower than other three-bedrooms in the neighborhood that go for $5,000 on average, according to StreetEasy.

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