Jackson Heights has a lot going for it: plenty of subway lines, restaurants that run the gamut from Peruvian to Korean to Nepali, and apartments at relatively decent prices.
Development is booming in the neighborhood and those surrounding it, and while the flashy new buildings popping up may appeal to a certain type of renter, there are older buildings with more modest apartments on the market, too. This two bedroom falls solidly into the latter camp, and we've decided to take a closer look.
As always when weighing New York City apartment listings, we turn to our Take It Or Leave It experts—myself, Constantine Valhouli, founder of real estate research and analytics firm NeighborhoodX, and freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald.
So, is this apartment worth renting? First, the basics:
Size: Two bedroom, one bath
Location: 85-11 34th Avenue, #2D, Jackson Heights
Days on the market: 3
Flexible layout: No
Subway: 7 at 85th Street, E,F,M, and R at Roosevelt Avenue
Pros and cons
"Shiny floors and sunny rooms (pros) don't make up for a super blah apartment. I kept hoping this Jackson Heights two bed would improve the more I looked at it, but then there was the depressing kitchen facing a brick wall and bars on one of the bedroom windows (cons) that only made the place worse."—Lambeth
Who this apartment would be perfect for
"A new-to-New York City couple who don't care much for flash."—Lambeth
"Roommates who are working in Midtown, who love international food that can be found in Jackson Heights, and want to be close to the nightlife anchor of Astoria."—Constantine
"A young couple's first apartment."—Georgia
LEAVE IT "You'll be paying nearly $2,000 (plus broker fee) for an outer borough apartment that's nothing special."—Lambeth
TAKE IT "But ask for the earlier price of $1,800 per month. It was recently jacked to $1,950."—Constantine
TAKE IT "In a market flooded with fancy rentals, it's somewhat refreshing to see a basic apartment that's not pretending to be something it isn't—with a price that reflects that."—Georgia
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