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Style Showdown: Apartments vs. Houses in New York City Neighborhoods

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Are you considering moving to the Big Apple? Being new to any large metropolis – let alone New York City – is quite the undertaking, especially when you’re on the hunt for a new neighborhood and rental to move into.

Fortunately, Apartments.com is cultured on everything New York – we can help you decide on the neighborhood and rental type that best fits your lifestyle. You might be under the impression that New York consists of only apartments – but guess what? If a house is what you seek, there are many neighborhoods in New York that have more house options.

Which New York City neighborhoods are apartment-heavy and which are house-heavy? Check out our list below:



NYC neighborhoods that are apartment-heavy:

Downtown Brooklyn – Brooklyn

Downtown Brooklyn’s cityscape includes colleges, government buildings, and a lot of apartments. From historic converted warehouses to modern all-glass residential skyscrapers – locals enjoy a plethora of state-of-the-art amenities inside their homes. In addition, its diverse art scene and trendy restaurants are exciting to community residents, making it a great place to call home.

One-bedroom apartment: $3,466 per month average

Two-bedroom apartment: $4,794 per month average

Tribeca – Manhattan

There’s a healthy blend of renovated loft-style and mid-rise apartments located in Tribeca. Renters gravitate to this waterfront community because of the large amount of apartment space – which is ideal for families. Families also enjoy the neighborhood’s access to Hudson Park. Tribeca is known for its simple elegance and great schools – could it be the right area for you?

One-bedroom apartment: $4,677 per month average

Two-bedroom apartment: $5,880 per month average

Financial District – Manhattan

Even with a skyline as diverse as New York City’s, you can’t help but notice the unique blend of architecture and geometric buildings of the Financial District.

The district offers renters a mix of walk-ups and modern apartment buildings – many with waterfront views! Because of the neighborhood’s appeal, many walk-ups have had interior renovations to provide dwellers with luxury amenities. During working hours, the energy is non-stop in the Financial District. At night, however, the neighborhood is much quieter – with the exception of nightlife on Stone Street.

One-bedroom apartment: $4,036 per month average

Two-bedroom apartment: $5,673 per month average

Belmont – Bronx

Belmont radiates old-world charm and diverse heritage. Residents adore this community for those very reasons – its parks, the Bronx Zoo, and quick half-hour commute into Midtown Manhattan also does some good. The commercial area is quite large, spanning the triangle that is Crescent Avenue, Arthur Avenue, and East 187th Street.

Around Belmont, you’ll find an abundance of walk-ups and low-rise apartment buildings with Art Déco and Tudor-style influences. The community is popular with Fordham University students because of its short distance to campus.

One-bedroom apartment: $1,071 per month average

Two-bedroom apartment: $1,213 per month average

Stapleton – Staten Island

In Stapleton, you’ll come across numerous modern apartments with scenic views and luxury amenities. Apartment communities are rapidly developing along the New York Bay shores – and many old warehouses are being converted into apartments, appealing to artists looking for a “live-work” studio deal. Residents enjoy the fact that they can walk pretty much anywhere. It’s a short train ride to Saint George Ferry Terminal from Stapleton, making travel into the city a piece of cake.

One-bedroom apartment: $2,194 per month average

Two-bedroom apartment: $3,166 per month average



NYC neighborhoods that are house-heavy:

Park Slope – Brooklyn

Park Slope’s chill and laid-back vibe is appealing to renters. It’s one of New York City’s most desired neighborhoods because of its great schools, farmers markets, and access to Prospect Park.

Its east-west side streets house many of Park Slope’s historic townhomes and brownstones. Along tree-lined streets, houses typically contain wrought iron gates, a stoop, and ornate interior woodworking.

Three-bedroom house: $3,743 per month average

Murray Hill – Manhattan

Row house after row house make up the Murray Hill community. Quiet days and a booming nightlife attract nearby college students and young professionals. Houses in the area are quite unique with their walk-out balconies and below street level entrances. Sniffen Court is a cool set of homes that were once carriage houses in the 1860s.

Three-bedroom house: $8,860 per month average

Brooklyn Heights – Brooklyn

From its low-rise buildings to pre-Civil War houses – residents adore Brooklyn Heights’s stunning homes near the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The pre-war homes stand 3-4 stories tall, and many feature a private garden out back. Many historic mansions reside on Pierrepont Street and Pierrepont Place. Wood homes from the early 1800s are located on Middagh Street, while Willow Street is stacked with brick Federal-style houses.

Three-bedroom house: $6,765 per month average

Ditmars Steinway – Queens

Ditmars Steinway was originally developed for the employees of Steinway & Sons piano company in the 1870s. Today, it’s a popular Queens community with affordable row houses, short city commutes, and excellent schools.

The row houses are typically a one- or two-family home, with red-brick masonry and may include a small backyard or garage.

Three-bedroom house: $3,091 per month average

Midtown East – Manhattan

Whether it’s Turtle Bay or Sutton Square – townhomes abound in Midtown East. The townhomes in Turtle Bay are characteristically three levels, with the main entrance located below street level. Sutton Square homes are upwards of five stories high in a variety of colors, stonework, and may include a rooftop garden with views of the East River.

Three-bedroom house: $6,785 per month average


*Average August 2018 neighborhood rent prices for one-, two-, and three-bedroom rentals reflect CoStar Group proprietary data.

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