Downtown Manhattan is a single renter’s dream – with its access to coffee shops, famous restaurants, public transit and various things to do, but it can also be overwhelming to choose an apartment that fits your budget when you have so many options. There are some amazing neighborhoods south of 34th Street that will fit your need and budget, with all the combinations of amenities you could ever want. Here we will go over some of our favorite buildings in a variety of neighborhoods that we are sure you will love.
The Chelsea neighborhood offers prewar buildings such as 312 W 23rd Street ($$) which features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and dishwashers, walk-in closets, high ceilings, and lots of bright light. This building has an elevator, laundry room, bicycle room and full internet access. When you step outside, you can walk to the Whole Foods nearby, get your sweat on at Crunch Fitness around the corner, or go to the numerous grub houses around when you do not feel like cooking, such as Billy’s Bakery or Temerario. You will also be within minutes from Marshall’s, Nike, and Nordstrom Rack, if you prefer to spend your weekends shopping.
If Chelsea is not your scene and you want to shorten the commute to your job in the Financial District, may we suggest a studio at 21 West Street ($$$) in FiDi? These studios offer renovated kitchens, stone countertops, a walk-in closet, high ceilings and oak wood floors, with a lot of natural light in the apartment. The building itself offers a convenient laundry room on every floor, a lounge, a fitness center for residents, 24/7 attended lobby, and a rooftop with breathtaking views.
This building is also right next to Battery Park if you like to spend some time with greenery, a couple of museums if you prefer history to the outside, and Planet Fitness if you focus on your fitness solely outside of work.
For those that want a studio but also want the spaces to entertain guests, we recommend the Tribeca neighborhood, home to 88 Leonard Street ($$$). The incredible building comes with an outdoor pool, fireplace, sun deck, rooftop barbecue grills, resident lounge, tool lending library, parking, and a complimentary Concierge service (with more perks). The studios themselves have floor to ceiling windows, open concept layouts with designated areas for sleeping and hanging out, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances and dishwashers – useful when entertaining many guests.
The studios at Tribeca Tower ($$$) also come highly recommended, right next door to 88 Leonard. For the single renter, these studios are a great option, because they come furnished, with WIFI, smart TV, and a fully equipped kitchen, with flexible stays. This is all in a building that contains a laundry room, gym, indoor parking, roof deck, garden, bike storage, and is pet friendly. If in the rare event you feel like leaving and stepping outside, there are countless options for food, and you can catch several different trains if you walk just a few minutes.
There are our choices for best studios in Downtown Manhattan. With any of these options, you really cannot go wrong in your hunt for a reasonable apartment in Downtown Manhattan – as they all have great proximity to public transit, restaurants, and shopping.
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