Back by popular demand, the "What's it cost?" series is tackling One Bedroom Apartments today! I'll be sure to update the post if any additional apartments are added. Of course, if you're reading this and have a 1 BR or know someone who does, please feel free to e-mail me and I'll add your details to the list. All entries are anonymous.
1 BR in Midtown East/Murray Hill
Roommate Situation: I have 2 roommates
Age/Occupation or Industry:
24/Commercial Real Estate
24/ Customer Service @ Bloomberg
Monthly Rent: 2012 = $3887, Now = $4357 Broken out: $1398/$1398/$1563
Utilities (Total Only): Average of $429, split by 3 people for electric/cable/water
Apartment Description: High-rise, luxury building with an elevator and doormen/concierge services. It’s a one bedroom corner unit, converted into 3 by having fake walls installed (they go up to three inches below the ceiling and we stuffed industrial sound proof foam into the gaps). There is one full bathroom and a half-bath upon entry. Even after dividing up the space to add two more bedrooms, we still have living room with a large couch, a breakfast nook with a 4-person table, nice kitchen and a balcony (it’s off one of the smaller bedrooms). Newly renovated hallways. Amenities come in the form of a washer/dryer on every floor, accessible gym, resident lounge, and an awesome rooftop area with a pool.
How I Do It/Money Saving Tips: Flirt with guys to buy me drinks. Get deals on Groupon/Gilt city. Sell my old clothes online. My parents help me a very, very small amount. My personal tip for myself is work extremely hard, prove myself and work my way up for a promotion.
1 BR in Upper West Side (80's)
Roommate Situation: I live with my husband and small dog
Age/Occupation or Industry: 31/ Design Director
Monthly Rent: $3400
Utilities: $120 con-ed, $200 Cable,
Apartment Description: Old luxury building, pent house floor, fully renovated, 2 blocks from central park, laundry in building, very spacious, 1000 sq ft.
How I Do It/Money Saving Tips: I work my ass off and have a decent salary = )
1 BR in Garment District/Herald Square (31st between 6th and 7th)
Roommate Situation: 1, we were a couple living there
Age/Industry: 29/Lawyer; 27/Hospitality
Monthly Rent: $3,100 (2012), $3,400 (2013)
Utilities: $60-$80 per month for electricity; $120 / month for cable/internet/phone
Apartment Description: Apartment on the 26th floor of a 60 floor luxury apartment building in Midtown Manhattan. The LEED certified building was complete with amenities such as elevators, doormen, gym and lounge. This large fully renovated one-bedroom apartment had wooden floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, in unit washer and dryer, and a kitchen with luxury appliances, including a full size dishwasher. The large bedroom had one full closet and the room was big enough to fit a king size bed, without the bed taking up a large portion of the room. While many wouldn’t think the location of the apartment is ideal, I found it to be very convenient as it was located proximate to Penn Station and several subways.
How I Do It/Money Saving Tips: Lawyers make good money!
1 BR in Gramercy/Flatiron
Roommate Situation: 1, Boyfriend
Age/Occupation or Industry: 24/Fashion
Monthly Rent: $2650
Utilities: $160 Time warner, $100 coned
Apartment Description: First floor- elavator building- no doorman- hard wood floors- pre war, arches built in bookcases etc- corner unit- no view. alcove studio (separated space for your bed)- 3 closets- small railroad kitchen- big living room/space.
How I Do It/Money Saving Tips: impossible! (LOL)
1 BR in Chelsea
Roommate Situation: No roommates
Age/Occupation or Industry :23/ Business Development for Food & Beverage Concessionaire
Monthly Rent: $4535
Utilities: $60-$100 Con-ed, $150 Cable
Apartment Description: Brand new luxury apartment building with a doorman. Apartment on the 3rd floor with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer, a walk-in closet, and a small attached balcony. Very spacious!
How I Do It/Money Saving Tips: I work hard to maintain my salary and do my best to save money when possible by cooking at home. It's not easy and I could definitely do a better job with budgeting, but I try to make small adjustments every month to my spending.