Take It Or Leave It

Should you grab two friends and move into this Ridgewood three-bedroom ASAP?

By Lucy Cohen Blatter | February 23, 2016 - 3:59PM 

This $2,695 no-fee three-bedroom in Ridgewood, Queens,  is less than a block from the Seneca Avenue M train and just a few blocks from Bushwick. And it's obviously been newly renovated, and has three equally sized bedrooms (which is helpful if you're sharing). There are closets and windows in all the bedrooms, though none are all that large.

Another benefit for shares: Guarantors are accepted.

So is it worth finding a couple of friends to live with and checking out the place?  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.​

Size: Three-bedroom, one-bath
Location: 607 Seneca Avenue  (between Grove and Linden), Ridgewood
Cost: $2,700
Flexible layout: Yes
Days on the market: 7
Subway: M to Seneca Avenue

"This apartment screams roommate share to me, thanks to the fact that the bedrooms are equally sized and it's reasonably priced (it would come out to about $900 per person). It's  been recently redone, and I appreciate touches like recessed lighting and stainless appliances. That said, the living space looks rather small and the bedrooms (and the closets inside them) aren't big. Also, there isn't much kitchen to speak of.  And one bathroom for three people is a bit of a squeeze. Plus, the apartment appears to be on the first floor, so don't expect a lot of light." —Lucy

"This newly refinished three-bed is in a good location in Ridgewood and has central air. The downsides: It’s a railroad layout, and Ridgewood itself is pretty far out there." —Zeb

"There’s modern and, like this three-bedroom, there’s almost too modern. This place has an almost antiseptic feel perhaps because of the lighting or maybe it’s the blue-gray color palette on the walls which, even though it’s better than typical white, may not be a color combo most renters would like." —Lambeth​

Who would this apartment be perfect for?

 "Three single roommates who want an affordable rental in a neighborhood that's becoming increasingly popular with millennials (that's close to Bushwick). Bonus points if you commute on the M." —Lucy

"Students or young roommates could rock this place. Two roommates with one home office could work well here, too.  " —Zeb

"A trio of work pals who are ready both to get cozy (there’s just one bathroom after all) and are ready to try out Ridgewood." —Lambeth

The verdict(s):

LEAVE IT "This certainly isn't the worst starter apartment/roommate share I've seen, by a long shot, but the cons seem to outnumber the pros." —Lucy

TAKE IT "Ridgewood is up and coming, the price is right, and central AC(!)." —Zeb

LEAVE IT "It’s clean but awkwardly laid out. " —Lambeth

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