For those who want to live in the middle of it all, this $2,500 co-op on 14th Street between Fifth and Broadway may just be the perfect fit — assuming you can wait until May 1 to move in.
While technically the apartment is in the Flatiron area, it's right on the edge of the West Village and Gramercy, which means what you lose in square footage, you'll make up for in, well, the centered-ness of it all. Restaurant and shopping choices abound in this neighborhood.
The apartment is the least expensive of five studios currently on the market in the building (and judging from the photos, it's about the same size as those). It's also way below the $3,520 median for a studio in the neighborhood — though that number may be slightly inflated, since lofts are included in addition to traditional studios like this one.
Among the perks that you don't often find in a studio: five closets and a separate kitchen, meaning you won't have to worry as much about lingering smells of dinner while you sleep. There's also central air and heat.
Though the kitchen looks like it could use a bit of an update — ahem, those wood cabinets — it's totally usable, with full-sized appliances, decent storage space and a dishwasher. Since the apartment is mere steps from the Union Square Greenmarket, we'd imagine you might actually use those appliances.
Since it's a co-op, you'll probably have to pass the co-op board and will only be allowed to stay for two years, per typical subletting rules, but then again, you might be ready for a larger space by then.
The 1960s white brick building — paging Don Draper! — has a no-pet policy, but there's a doorman, dry cleaning services and on-site garage. We can't imagine a car is really necessary, though; it's less than 500 feet from 4,5,6,L,N,Q,R trains at Union Square and is just a couple of blocks from the 1,2,3,F and M trains.