(Don’t expect to get this penthouse view).
Confession time: I love peeking into people’s apartments as I walk by them. Creepy, I know, but hear me out. It stems from my love and appreciation for interior design combined with my fascination of how people live in NYC. I’m never judgemental, I don’t think I’m particularly snoopy or anything. I just like to glance in and appreciate the warmth that radiates from the window of a place that’s someone’s home.
Walking into someone else’s home in New York is one of my favorite things. So much so, that I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to New York Apartment Tours. New Yorkers are given the short end of the stick when it comes to housing, so I love to see how we make it work for us.
Before I moved to New York, I didn’t have a clear picture of where I’d be living once I got here. I had no idea what neighborhoods would be right for me and when it came to living in an apartment, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The only thing I knew about living in a New York apartment was that they were expensive and small (but if those are the only two bad things about your apartment, consider yourself lucky).
Since setting realistic expectations is important before you decide to move to New York, I thought I’d share a few home tours of five New York apartments that don’t look like something out of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, MTV Cribs, or hell, even Design*Sponge.
What my $1200 Studio Apartment Looks Like
A tour of a 250 sq feet apartment in Harlem. But perhaps the most surprising thing about this video is that he shares his studio with a roommate. This is not that unusual, actually. Quite a few people have literal “roommates,” as in, they share a room. He compares it to living in a dorm in college. Here’s a blog post about this apartment.
Fashion Student’s New York Apartment Tour
For those of you who think you may never have storage again, you are wrong. Some NYC apartments even have a pantry (two of mine have!). But, like most NYC apartments, you might get stuck with a small kitchen. This is another example of two people sharing one bedroom.
New York Apartment Tour Next to a Subway Train
Ugh. I will never forget the year I lived next to a train. With so many trains running through the city, living next to a train (not the same thing as living close to a train station) is pretty common. The good news, those apartments are usually cheaper. The bad news? They are so loud! This is an example of an apartment that has a train running next to it. But I also thought that this apartment also looked most like the millennial apartments I’ve visited. Pretty modest, but not crazy small, and lots of IKEA.
Two-Bedroom NYC Apartment Tour
It was so hard to find youtube apartment tours for two-bedroom apartments, but if you’re moving to NYC, you’re likely going to have a roommate. This apartment also looks like a pretty generic millennial’s apartment. Lots of old, pre-war NYC apartments have high ceilings like this one. They also have the smallest and fewest closets!
Simple Manhattan Life: 90-Square Foot Micro-Apartment
I added this one in here for fun, but this is an option for prioritizing location and savings over space. Her rent is only $700. And I bet her commute is very short, since she’s in the heart of Manhattan.What do you think? Could your inner minimalist handle living like this?
Penthouse view photo from Chris Ford.