In Refinery29's Sweet Digs, we take a look inside the sometimes small, sometimes spacious homes of young women. Today: Chloe, Suriya, and Abby show us their converted three-bedroom apartment in Crown Heights.
For $2,550 a month, Chloe, Suriya, and Abby share a three-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights. It’s definitely not a first New York apartment: it’s that second apartment you lease with great friends that makes you feel like you might actually be able to make it work in this city.
Each roommate pays prorated rent, all under $1,000 per room for this concerted three-bedroom. Pros: it has a beautiful living room with a lot of natural light, it has a private deck and a kitchen with a dishwasher, ample counter space, and plenty of storage. But three people can spread out pretty quickly, so the storage only goes so far. They’d love a larger fridge, the bathroom is so small the door can’t completely open, and the converted bedroom has no windows and French doors.
In terms of furniture, costs were spared by relying on recycled furniture and hand-me-downs. The key is to have a plan and priorities: They take advantage of the abundant vertical space that comes with your typical pre-war with tall ceilings, by installing shelves everywhere – a risk for renters, yes, but worth it in this case.