Rental pick of the week

An East Elmhurst two bedroom with two porches and a garage, for $2,800

The apartment has lots of storage space in the kitchen.

Charles Rutenberg Realty/StreetEasy

Share this Article

How much total do you plan to tip the building staff this year?

This two-bedroom apartment, 21-45 76th St., #1F, in East Elmhurst, looks somewhat modest on paper: It's 950 square feet and on an out-of-the-way street. But the $2,800 asking rent is more in line with some of the swankier new developments in nearby Astoria and Long Island City. Look closer, though, and the place offers several deal sweeteners that are rare, in the five boroughs, anyway. Specifically: front and back porches, utilities included, a driveway, and a one-car garage.

The dishwasher and washer and dryer don't hurt, either.

The apartment takes up the second floor of a two-story house. The front deck looks out over the low-slung residential block.

The living room looks spacious, with wood floors, and recessed lighting.

The kitchen has a stove with a ventilation hood, ample storage and counter space, and a skylight.

The layout of the master bedroom is a bit of a mystery, as is the whereabouts of its window(s), but one end has an extra wide set of closets with extensive shelving.

The bathroom has pretty floor tiles, but it seems to lack a window, and its not clear that there's a medicine cabinet.

The laundry looks to be in the garage.

The back deck is covered, and stairs seem to lead down to the backyard, though use may not be shared.

Location-wise, this Queens two bedroom has some quirks that could be drawbacks or assets, depending on who you are. It's about five blocks from LaGuardia Airport, so airplane noise is bound to be fairly loud and constant. Fine if you're not particularly sensitive, and great if you work at the airport, but we could see how this could be a deal-breaker.

Also, the house is about a 10-minute bus ride from the subway options in more bustling Astoria. But then, if you drive to work, there's not only the convenience of your own private parking, but the house is two blocks from on-ramps to the Brooklyn-Queens and Grand Central expressways.