You can afford a space as large as a four-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn on a rental budget of $5,000 a month. But there are also studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in Manhattan.
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GRAMERCY PARK, MANHATTAN: A renovated corner one-bedroom condo with floor-to-ceiling windows, a kitchen with a window and pocket doors on the 27th floor of an elevator building with a swimming pool, a fitness center —with instructors and free classes — and a sun deck at One Irving Place (between East 14th and East 15th). $5,000/month
FLATIRON, MANHATTAN: A one-bedroom condo renovated by the owner with LED lighting in the living room, USB wall outlets and hidden wiring, and a chef’s kitchen in a doorman building with a pool and a children’s playroom at 280 Park Avenue South (between East 21st and East 22nd). $5,000/month, no broker’s fee
GREENWICH VILLAGE, MANHATTAN: A one-bedroom condop that's convertible to a two-bedroom with a windowed bath and kitchen in a doorman building with a landscaped roof deck and seasonal pool, as well as laundry rooms on every floor, at 60 East Eighth Street (between Mercer and Broadway). $5,000/month
MIDTOWN EAST, MANHATTAN: A renovated one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath condo with a woodburning fireplace and original details like arched doorways and beamed ceilings, plus a view of the Empire State Building from the French doors in the living room at 77 Park Avenue (between East 38th and East 39th). $5,000/month, $6,000/month furnished
CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN: A renovated four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath duplex with a deck and backyard, two fireplaces, a pantry, and three bay windows in the living room in a pet-friendly townhouse at 795 Lincoln Place (between Nostrand and New York Avenue). $5,000/month, tenant pays heat
CARROLL GARDENS, BROOKLYN: A two-bedroom, two-bath with a washer and dryer, a balcony, and floor-to-ceiling windows on the 10th floor of an elevator building at 100 Luquer Street (between Hamilton and Clinton). $4,900/month, no broker’s fee, parking space available for $300/month
BAY RIDGE, BROOKLYN: A three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house with original moldings, a working fireplace, and a backyard at 8009 Shore Road (at 80th). $5,000/month
STUYVESANT HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN: A three-bedroom, one-bath parlor-level duplex condo with four fireplaces, a wood-burning stove, original details such as crown moldings and shutters, plus a private garden, in a two-unit brownstone with a bike room at 768 Putnam Avenue (between Stuyvesant Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard). $5,000/month
FORT GREENE, BROOKLYN: A one-and-a-half-bath triplex with arched windows, exposed brick, and central air conditioning and heating in a former cathedral built in 1888, which now has a gym, free laundry, a garden and an elevator located a short walk from Fort Greene Park at 232 Adelphi Street (between Willoughby and Dekalb). $5,000/month, no broker’s fee