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When finding that perfect rental place, each borough of New York City has its unique character and feel to consider. The surge in popularity that Brooklyn has experienced is a testament to this, with many people desperate to join this thriving community of young creatives, happy families, and everything in between. But what truly matters most when you’re renting a place in Brooklyn? And how will you ensure you don’t miss out on an important detail?  

A Guide to Renting a place in Brooklyn

There’s a better idea of the apartments and houses you can rent in Brooklyn here. But for the time being, here’s a short but helpful guide to finding the perfect place for you to rent in this popular area of New York. 

Each borough of New York City has its unique character and feel to consider. What matters most when renting a place in Brooklyn?

Narrowing down the areas of Brooklyn 

Because Brooklyn welcomes so many different cultures and communities, there’s always going to be a small part of this borough that’s perfect for you. It’s all about narrowing those criteria down to make sure you find the best place for your specific needs. 

Hipsters, artists, and other young creative types tend to congregate around Williamsburg and Crown Heights. For the party animals, Bushwick and Downtown offer up some exciting nightlife options. For the quiet and comfortable family feel, look into Windsor Terraces or Cobble Hill. 

Narrowing it down to some key questions 

A few simple but revealing questions to yourself or a realtor can help make this process far more accessible. While looking for a place to stay usually includes an extensive list of essential amenities, requirements, and other conditions, it’s quicker to list a few deal-breakers through a list of things you do not want.

Are you adamant about living alone? Or maybe you’re insisting it’s within commutable distance to your job? Would you refuse to rent an apartment that had no laundry facilities? 

These small insights into what you’re desperate to avoid can narrow the search down, saving your realtor a lot of time and making it easier to find that perfect rental place. 

Each borough of New York City has its unique character and feel to consider. What matters most when renting a place in Brooklyn?

Narrowing your rental place down to a final few 

Take the time to go for a casual walk through the neighborhoods of your shortlisted areas. What does it sound like at night? What does it feel like first thing in the morning? Can you go for a run safely? Are there local restaurants you’re desperate to try? Are there community activities you want to be involved in? 

Renting a place to live should be more than picking the cheapest option. It should be something you never forget, with new friendships and experiences to accommodate this exciting next step in your life. 

Narrowing down on a final budget

Of course, you’ve set a strict budget before you began. But chances are you’re considering stretching it further to get the perfect place you’ve narrowed it down to. But while living in Brooklyn can be costly, the weekly bills, groceries, and travel costs may turn your rental dream into a New York nightmare. 

That’s why it’s essential to know what’s covered in your monthly rent and what additional bills you’ll incur during your stay. Do this, and you’ll eliminate that final worry so that you can now focus on beginning your Brooklyn adventure.

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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