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It's tough finding an apartment to rent in New York City at any price point, especially during this incredibly competitive summer where most spreads disappear merely days after listing. You might think snagging a place with plenty of beauty and potential for under $4,000 can't be done, but with some effort, speed, and a little bit of an open mind when it comes to location, it can be done. From a Brooklyn one-bedroom overlooking Cobble Hill Park to an elegant Vinegar Hill pad with a balcony, we take a look at recently-listed apartments with charm and character that may very well offset the extra perks their newer "luxury" counterparts provide.

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227 East 12th Street
227 East 12th Street East Village
58 West 85th Street
58 West 85th Street Central Park West
212 East 48th Street
212 East 48th Street Turtle Bay/United Nations
Congress Gardens, 200 Congress Street
Congress Gardens, 200 Congress Street Cobble Hill
London Terrace Towers, 410 West 24th Street
London Terrace Towers, 410 West 24th Street Chelsea

↓ Gaze onto the elegant courtyard of Parc Vendome

↓ Wander the elegant gardens of Parc Vendome

↓ Ensconce oneself under a pergola in the elegant gardens of the Parc Vendome

↓ Drink from the replenishing fountains...

From the Listing: -Extra large main room (19.6 12.6) with 3 windows facing south over beautifully landscaped English Tea Gardens. This apartment has new strip wood floors, upgraded appliances in the cozy windowed kitchen, a separate dressing room (large enough to tuck a full-sized bed in) and 3 very spacious closets.

Building amenities include a full-time doorman, billiards room, music room, library, private dining room, and banquet room available to rent for private functions.
See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: -Offered Furnished- Welcome to a tranquil East Village one-bedroom retreat, featuring loft-like proportions and gorgeous renovations, on one of the prettiest blocks in the city. This approximately 725-square-foot co-op home is situated just a quick two flights up where you'll find refinished hardwood floors, 11-foot tall ceilings, exposed brick and gorgeous natural light thanks to huge north-facing windows. The oversized open-plan great room is a stunning space for entertaining or relaxing thanks to enchanting garden views and an expansive footprint for living and dining areas. Whip up Sunday breakfast or dinner for 10 with ease in the renovated open kitchen equipped with stone counters and breakfast bar, ample cabinet space, and top-notch stainless steel appliances, including a gas range, dishwasher, and built-in microwave. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Full-floor two-bedroom apartment in an intimate yet stately classic Upper West Side Brownstone less than a block from Central Park. This charming unit features high ceilings, new hardwood floors, and comprehensive paint-job, as well as gorgeous light-filled open views from all rooms. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Located in the charming, historic, and cobblestoned neighborhood of Vinegar Hill, this lovely 9-unit building is just a few blocks from vibrant DUMBO. Reminiscent of a Parisian street, the quaint and quiet of Hudson Avenue will make it hard for you to believe you're in New York City.

Step into this very large, over 800 square foot one bedroom/one bathroom home with a private balcony and enjoy sunlight streaming in from the East and West. The sweet terrace off the bedroom looks out onto neighboring trees and the majestic Commandant's House. With the sound of birds chirping, you'll feel like you're in the country.
See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: The perfect 3 BEDROOM DUPLEX WITH TERRACE to call home! No Brokers Fee! This apartment is fully equipped with an in-unit washer and dryer, a terrace, and three spacious bedrooms which could all fit king-sized beds! Huge new eat-in kitchen with massive living room, featuring sparkling black quartz countertops and stainless steel GE appliances- dishwasher, gas stove, XL fridge, and built in microwave. There is a 1/2 bath on the first floor and an oversized full bath on the second floor. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This North Slope 1.5 bedroom has undergone a complete and thoughtful renovation including a gut-renovated kitchen including high-end stainless appliances (with DW), a custom bathroom with a stackable washer/dryer, a rounded corner shower, skylight, and beautiful tiling, gracious room sizes with original refinished hardwood floors and high ceilings, dimmable remote controlled ceiling fan fixtures in main rooms, original details such as built-in shutters and drawers under windows, extra tall windows providing for great light and views and one of the best locations in the neighborhood for transportation and amenities. No pets and no smoking allowed. Available September 1st. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This apartment will take your breath away! Located in a 25 ft. wide townhouse on one of Park Slope's most desirable landmarked blocks, this full-floor one bedroom with three exposures is one of a kind. The huge 375-foot sun-filled living room features 12 foot beamed ceilings with huge south-facing windows, treetop views, parquet floors, built-in shelves, and a gorgeous decorative fireplace and mantle. The entrance foyer leads to a sunny windowed eat-in kitchen which features stainless appliances including a dishwasher. The oversized bedroom is pin-drop quiet, overlooks a rear garden, and includes a large walk-in closet. The pretty tiled bath has a gorgeous stained glass window. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Large, comfortable one bedroom + home office in a boutique brownstone condo in Stuyvesant Heights. Adorned with huge south-facing bay windows and a gorgeous original mahogany mantel, this quiet building is the perfect setting to ditch the roommates. The layout is super flexible. You can have a huge living room, bedroom nook, and a formal dining room, or make it a huge bedroom, separate home office, and formal dining room--you choose. The updated, windowed kitchen faces the green oasis of the backyard and the bathroom is sleek with white subway tile and soaking tub. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Corner unit, top-floor, over-sized one-bedroom apartment with expansive views over Cobble Hill Park clear to the Manhattan skyline. Excellent light throughout. You can drink in that view from every room, including the kitchen. A spacious L-shaped living room offers plenty of space for dedicated lounging, working, and dining areas. A King-sized bedroom, with windows facing north and west, is the very picture of "serene retreat." See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Large studio layout facing East with an Empire State Building View & beautiful morning light. Extra-wide living area featuring a stylish & sleek Murphy Bed to allow for a flexible space. The kitchen featuring a dishwasher & an abundance of storage. The updated bathroom features a glass tub & shower combo. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This one of a kind apartment occupies the whole floor and features a huge living room, lots of windows, tons of natural sunlight in every room, 2 stunning marble deco fireplaces, a huge king size bedroom, 2nd bedroom/office is smaller, the kitchen is separate and has original hardwood floors! Will Not Last! No pets See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Available 9/1! Sun-drenched, 1 Bed/1 Bath in the heart of Fort Greene. Featuring a king-size bedroom, additional large office/den area, beautiful hardwood floors, and exposed brick. The renovated kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher. 96 South Elliott has a resident super and common roof area. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 2nd Floor through Apartment. Sunny Tree Filled views. Original features. Bosch Washer /Dryer in Unit. Dishwasher / Microwave. Master Bedroom is in the back, extremely quiet. 1 Block from 4,5 and 6, the 2,3, and Metro North. Could not be more centrally located. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Welcome to your one-bedroom loft on the Upper West Side, with a soaring 15 ft. high ceiling and 10 ft. high windows the sun is always shining! On the lower level, you have a modern kitchen with ample cabinet space and large appliances (electric range and a large fridge), a dramatic living area with north exposure, an elegant bathroom, and a spacious closet. The upper level has an office/sitting area, deep closet, and a generous bed area See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 14th floor one-bedroom available September 1st at Prospect Tower. This nicely maintained one bedroom features northwestern exposure. There is also a full-sized refrigerator in the apartment in addition to a mini-refrigerator, along with a two-burner electric cooktop and microwave oven. The bathroom is ensuite. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Sun-drenched alcove studio is on the 6th floor of an 8th story building. Apt features include: hardwood floors, separate kitchen with dishwasher, corner unit with 5 windows with triple exposure: east, west, and north. There is a private balcony and a large deep closet. . See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Freshly renovated 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom apartment with a private outdoor space in a superbly maintained East Williamsburg building. This apartment features a private outdoor space, high ceilings, modern appliances, renovated bathroom, pre-war details throughout and excellent storage. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Sparkling new apartments in one of Brooklyn’s most rapidly developing neighborhoods. Marvelous mezzanine lofts with towering 20-foot ceilings as well as a remarkable modern and spacious design. Residents are sure to enjoy these brand-new luxury units with their exquisite charm, high-end appliances, stylish finishes, and a beautiful open floor concept. From the sundrenched queen bedrooms to the fully equipped chef's kitchens this is a chance to enjoy all the modern trappings of Brooklyn’s finest accommodations. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Stunning UWS parlor floor studio apartment available to rent. Situated in a very well kept building on a quiet tree lined block in the UWS. This apartment features 12ft ceiling with exposed brick, deco fireplace, oversized windows, and a large sleep / storage loft. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Beautiful studio in the heart of Upper East Side. Fully furnished. 12-month minimum. No short-term. The apartment is in excellent condition and features original hardwood floors, exposed brick, a decorative fireplace, and high ceilings. The layout has a separate dining space, foyer, large bathroom, and generous closet space that creates an enjoyable and well-proportioned living space. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances. See floor plan and full details here.