Rental pick of the week

A Washington Heights two bedroom where you don't have to share a bath

By Jennifer White Karp | July 10, 2018 - 9:00AM 

The apartment is in a new building and has a gym and shared patio. 


Washington Heights is very far uptown—where Manhattan narrows to just a few blocks wide—but don’t let the distance fool you: It’s typically a 30-minute commute to Midtown, at least when the subway is working properly. 

It was third on Brick Underground’s “The 10 best NYC neighborhoods for college grads: 2018 edition” and is known for its Dominican population, with lots of Latin restaurants and grocery stores. And it’s also very green, thanks to Highbridge Park on the Harlem River and Fort Washington Park along the Hudson.

This two-bedroom, two-bath rental, 531 West 159th St. #4C, is in a new Washington Heights building and appears to offer a lot of value. You don’t have to pay a broker’s fee and you get the last two months free. The gross rent is $3,071 each month if you (and a roommate, presumably) use, a company that covers your security deposit for a small monthly fee.

Apartments in this 2017 building have modern finishes, like white oak flooring. Kitchens have Caesarstone countertops, Bloomberg appliances, and custom cabinetry. 

Only one of the bedrooms is shown. From the floorplan, they appear to be identical in size and have the same configuration of windows and closets.

A bonus for roommates: You get your own bathroom. Baths are accented by Italian porcelain tile, Porcelanosa custom floating vanities, and the bath with the soaking tub has Noken fixtures. The other bath has a glass-enclosed shower. 

There’s a video intercom system and individual heating/cooling system. A common laundry room and bike racks are on the lower level, and residents share a landscaped backyard patio.

Nearby trains include the 1 at West 157th Street and the C at 163rd Street. Restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping are nearby on Broadway. The Hispanic Society Museum and Library, part of Boricua College, is located at 613 West 155 St.


Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer White Karp steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in NYC real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the New School.

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