Take It Or Leave It

At $2,695, this West Village studio may seem pricey, but check out those skylights

By Lucy Cohen Blatter  | April 8, 2015 - 2:30PM

Located on what we can only guess is the top floor of a Village townhouse, this $2,695 studio might seem expensive for a room with a lofted bed, but the details — and the neighborhood — might justify the cost.

The apartment has angled ceilings, a decorative fireplace and lots of windows. Sure, it has a teeny tiny kitchen area, but it's also got serious design cred. That aforementioned loft fits a queen-sized bed.

So is it actually a decent deal? I 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.​

Size: Studio
Location:  107 Greenwich Avenue (at West 12th Street)
Cost: $2,695
Flexible layout: No
Days on the market: 3
Subway: A, C, E, L to 14th St.

Pros and Cons:

"I love the ceilings, the hanging lights and the myriad windows and two skylights. (There's one in the bathroom!) But the kitchen is miniscule and I don't know how I feel about climbing into bed. Also, the price tag, and what looks like a three-story climb up to the apartment, are both pretty steep. And since this is a lease assignment, it's possible that your rent could go up in less than a year, or whenever the original lease is up." — Lucy

"At the nexus of Greenwich Village, Meatpacking, and Chelsea—this apartment is all about location. It's got good light, too. Potential downers: third story walk-up, attic studio, loft bed. " — Zeb

"Wake up in this West Village studio in the top floor of a Greek Revival townhouse and you’ll feel transported to a Euro-style loft that’s all angles and details, exposed brick, massive skylight, decorative fireplace and high ceilings." — Lambeth​

Who would this apartment be perfect for?

"Someone who appreciates good design, loves the charm of the West Village, and is in good enough shape to climb. Also, someone who plans to order in or go out to eat a lot. That 'kitchen' is pretty bare bones." — Lucy

"If you're obsessed with living in the West Village alone, but you can't really afford to [editor's note: the median rent is $3,795] then this could be your answer. " — Zeb

"A spry youngster who has the cash to make $2,695 work and doesn’t mind climbing a ladder to lie down in a space that’s best suited for a queen bed." — Lambeth

The Verdict(s):

LEAVE IT "I'm torn on this one because I see the charm of living in a pretty townhouse on a beautiful street with nice architectural details. I just still think it's a lot of money when you need to use a ladder to get into bed." — Lucy

TAKE IT "While not cheap, you're probably not going to live alone in this neighborhood for much less. Get the details on the lease assignment before deciding." — Zeb

TAKE IT "Just think how easy it’ll be to stumble out to Tea & Sympathy or A Salt and Battery, just steps away." — Lambeth

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