I was born and raised in New York City and know that apartments here tend to be small and expensive. What I didn’t know until I graduated college and started an apartment search was just how many types of apartments are out there.
Sure I knew what a studio and one bedroom were but what the heck was an alcove studio or a junior 4? If you are as confused as I was then you are in luck because I’m going to share what I’ve learned, first as a tenant and then as a real estate broker. The following are some definitions of the most common types on NYC apartments that can be found on CitiRenter.com..
One of the most popular types of apartments in New York is the studio. This classic layout is pretty straight forward. You have one large room and a full bathroom. In this room you have your bed, your kitchen and your living room. Now an alcove studio is typically larger and is in an L shape. These studios have a separate area for a bed or a dining table.
One bedroom apartments are self explanatory, they have one bedroom and a living room but after that they can vary widely. Some have a full, separate kitchen while others have a combo open kitchen and living room. The bedrooms themselves can vary drastically with some only large enough for a twin bed and others having ample space for a king size bed. A junior 4 is a larger one bedroom that typically has 4 rooms, a bedroom, a kitchen,a dining room and a living room.
Two bedrooms obviously have two bedroom but once again, they vary greatly. Most have a living room and a separate kitchen but sometimes the second bedroom can be regular size, which is called a “”real 2 bedroom,”” a baby’s room or a small office. A convertible two bedroom is a large one bedroom with enough space to build a wall and create a second bedroom.
Though fewer in number but popular, three bedrooms offer a living room, a kitchen and three bedrooms, which, once more, can vary in size. There is a “”real”” three bedroom with large bedrooms and convertible three bedrooms where a tenant can create an extra room within a large two bedroom apartment. Most three bedrooms have at least 1.5 baths but some only have one bathroom.
I hope this article has helped you better understand the NYC rental market. To help in your search you can visit
CitiRenter.com. Good luck.
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