Renting in New York is not like renting anywhere else. In New York, you'll find yourself competing with 12 other people for the privilege of paying twice as much as you ever have in rent for a one-room studio whose proportions can most charitably be described as 'cozy'. And unless you're making quite a lot of money, you probably won't be able to get everything you want. New York has plenty of apartments with features that range from the inconvenient (no oven) to the downright bizarre (a shower in the kitchen). Which one of these unusual features would you be willing to put up with to live in the city of your dreams?
In my search, I've come across apartments with:
- A shower in the kitchen
- A kitchen, but no oven
- No kitchen
- A window with a view of a brick wall
- A bathroom that is shared with other apartments
- A bedroom that can only be accessed through another bedroom
- A bedroom barely large enough to fit a bed
- A tub with no showerhead (you'll be taking lots of baths)
- Floors that slope conspicuously
- One teeny, tiny closet
- No closet at all
I've also found myself thinking things like: "well, maybe I don't really need a showerhead. I could totally manage for a year without a showerhead," before realizing how crazy they are and that no, I don't really want to take baths for an entire year. Or shower in the kitchen. But other people can, and do, put up with these things — every day apartments like these find renters who are willing to put up with odd quirks to live in the City that Never Sleeps.
What about you? What strange things would you (or do you) put up with to live in the city of your dreams?
Above: A tiny flat in London that was listed for $1100/mo before political pressure forced it to be taken down. Bad news for anyone on a tight budget who also likes doing dishes while lying in bed.