The Market

5 ground-floor apartment rentals for less than $3,000 a month

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
May 12, 2021 - 12:30PM

This Bed-Stuy ground-floor one bedroom is listed for $2,200. 


You might be thinking that a ground-floor apartment in New York City is something to avoid. They do have a reputation for lacking privacy and safety—and those are real concerns. But these apartments also have some desirable features, especially if you’re spending more time at home.

You won’t have anyone living below you—ideal if you have noisy kids (or pets) or you practice an instrument. There’s also a good chance that you’ll get some sort of private outdoor space— just in time for summer. And you might get more square footage than other apartments, especially if you find one in a townhouse or brownstone.

Of course, there are also downsides to living in these apartments: If your apartment faces the street, you might deal with more noise (or passersby peeking into your apartment—need to get shades!) And, you will certainly get less natural light than an apartment on a higher floor. But having private outdoor space might make up for that. 

So if living in a ground-floor apartment sounds like a fit for you, check out these five rentals across the city for less than $3,000 a month.

160 Eagle St., #1R, Greenpoint

This no-fee studio is listed for $1,700. The rent-stabilized apartment, shown virtually staged, has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, high ceilings, three windows, and a foyer. Sweetleaf Coffee Roasters and Greenpoint Beach are nearby. 

43 Decatur St., #1, Bed-Stuy 

This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,200. The apartment has an open floor plan with hardwood floors, moldings, ceiling fans, built-ins, and stainless steel appliances. St. Andrew’s Playground and El Jeffe are nearby. 

112 West 121st St., #2, South Harlem

This no-fee one bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,500. Apartment #2 has a private patio, new hardwood floors, four closets, and an updated kitchen and bath. It’s located in a brownstone. Marcus Garvey Park and Morningside Park are nearby. 

234 West 21st St., #1, Chelsea 

This no-fee studio is listed for $2,800. The ground-floor duplex has hardwood floors, oversized windows, stainless steel appliances, a spiral staircase, and walk-in closet. The co-op building has a bike room and laundry room. Milk Bar and Elmo are nearby. 

21-68 35th St., #1H, Ditmars-Steinway  

This no-fee three bedroom, one bath is listed for $2,950. Apartment #1H has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, track lighting, several windows, and exposed brick. The landlord is planning to update the lighting, flooring, and paint according to the listing. The building has a live-in super, virtual doorman, and laundry room. Taverna Kyclades and Martha’s Country Bakery are nearby. 



Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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