7 must-see apartments you can rent right now (for less than the median rent)

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A general rule of thumb when it comes to real estate listings (especially in New York City): The nicer the pics, the more expensive the place.  This week, however, rental search site RentHop has uncovered some real beauties—a downtown studio, a Williamsburg one-bedroom, a family-friendly home on the Upper West Side—all below the median prices for their nabes. In addition, RentHop's HopScore (a ranking of listings by quality) allows you to narrow down the choices to those that check the most boxes on your specific apartment wish list.

Check out the roundup  below while keeping in mind another top tenet of NYC renting: here today, gone tomorrow. If you see something you love,  act fast! 

Three bedroom, three bath in Center Boulevard in Long Island City, $5,100

What’s the one thing money can’t buy in Manhattan? A panoramic view of Manhattan! You'll get that and more (fitness center, garage, roof deck, tennis court, putting green, maid service…), from this three bedroom, three bath apartment, just a hop, skip and a five minute subway ride from midtown in Long Island City.

One bedroom, one bath in Williamsburg, $3,025 net effective rent

This doorman one bedroom with its own washer/dryer in a totally groovy nabe is exactly the type of apartment every wanna-be New Yorker dreams of living in before they arrive in the city and are hit with the brutal reality of what’s largely available to the city’s rental virgins.

One bedroom, one bath at 20 Exchange Place in the Financial District, $2,450

An actual loft may be out of reach, but this studio/flexible one bedroom may just satisfy the desire for tall ceilings, gallery-like walls and oversized windows. Bonus: Its location within a full-service, doorman building with a fitness club, sun deck and resident’s lounge (billiards anyone?), doesn’t hurt.

One bedroom, one bath at 219 West 81st Street on the Upper West Side, $3,300

Cooking enthusiasts in particular will appreciate this Upper West Side one bedroom condo for its fab kitchen—including Viking appliances, Caesarstone countertops, a ceramic backsplash and custom cabinets—not to mention prime location within walking distance of Zabar’s Fairway, Citerella and Whole Foods.

Three bedroom, two bath on the Upper West Side, $6,495 

It doesn’t get much more family-friendly than this no-fee three bedroom, two bath with an in-unit washer/dryer, California Closets (for storing myriad kid and adult gear) and a kitchen/living/dining room that makes “together time” a no brainer. Did we mention it’s on the Upper West Side, where there’s practically a law that states every household include at least one child?

Three bedroom, two bath on Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side, $5,600

If a decorative fireplace and closets galore top your list of apartment must-haves, then this three bedroom on the Upper West Side—with hardwood floors throughout, two full baths and a kitchen with an abundance of cabinets—has your name written all over it.

RentHop is a search engine to find apartments for rent that uses mathematical algorithms to aggregate and score listings inventory from top landlords and brokerage firms. With over 6 years of NYC apartment rental data and millions of listings observed, RentHop’s proprietary HopScore sorting ensures renters find high quality listings posted by trusted managers and agents.