Take It Or Leave It

You've got to be okay with some street noise to consider this Park Slope studio (that's below median price)

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If you're a dinner party aficionado, we suggest you skip this $1,800 Park Slope studio with a tiny kitchen and small living space. But if you're looking for a decent space at a decent price in a very popular neighborhood, you may want to take a closer look.

The apartment's on the first floor of a four-story building that happens to be on a tree-lined block. Two windows face south, and there's a decorative mantle. Pets are allowed on a case-by-case basis. It's also about $200 a month less than the area median, but for good reason?

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.​

The apartment:

Size: Studio
Location: 355 12th Street (between Sixth and Seventh), Park Slope
Monthle rent: $1,800
Flexible layout: No
Days on the market: 5
Subway: F, G at 7th Avenue

Pros and cons:

"There are really no frills in this studio, and it's on the first floor, so you'll have to deal with foot traffic. But the price is right, and for those on a budget who want to live alone in Park Slope, we're sure you could do worse. But, wow, that kitchen sure is 'cozy'." —Lucy

"This affordable studio is close to Prospect Park and the F train. It's a tight squeeze with the bed next to a ground-level window facing the street."—Zeb

"We know micro-living is a thing and all, and the old-school fireplace adds a little charm, but this Park Slope studio takes snug (and pricey at $1,800/month) to whole new heights." —Lambeth

Who would this apartment be perfect for?

 "Am I the only one to whom this screams 'newly divorced dad's in-between pad?'" —Lucy

"A solo renter who will use Prospect Park a lot and eats out often enough to make the most of this spot." —Zeb

"A single looking to downsize."—Lambeth

The verdict(s):

LEAVE IT "You could probably do worse, but you can probably do slightly better, too." —Lucy

LEAVE IT "If you can afford to avoid the street-level window on your bedroom, you should." —Zeb

LEAVE IT "Pay all that and hear the clanking of garbage cans and street noise?! No way!" —Lambeth

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