Post # 1
My Fiance and I have been together for almost 3.5 years and got engaged a few months ago. We have never lived together but would like to live in the city (near our jobs) and pay no more than $2000 a month in rent. My dad is offering us the opportunity to lease an apartment he owns for $1800/month when the tenant’s lease is up Aug. 31.This is a GREAT deal in our city since the apartment is right on Central Park, has a fitness center and full service concierge……..ANYWAY…..to live in this apartment we are sacrificing the very rare and limited square footage that is often available to one outside of the city…IE- we will be moving into a studio together….The apartment is an alcove studio and has an area sectioned off for the bedroom…the apartment is no more than 600 square feet. Have any bees done this before? Are we going to drive each other crazy? We have never lived together- I am nervous about making the move when space is tight–any tips?!?! I should add that my Fiance has lived in a true 1 bedroom in NYC for the past 3 years and we have not had any problems when I sleep there approx 4 nights a week…Here are some photo’s of the apartment so you can get an idea of the small space:
Living area before wall:
Bedroom area/Alcove with wall up:
Kitchen is decent with dishwasher so this space shouldn’t be a problem nor would the bathroom
Post # 3
I think it can be done! But that rent price shocked me! LOL… I guess that’s New York though!
Post # 4
Fiance used to have a 500 sq foot apartment, and even just spending the weekend there got a little claustrophobic. It depends on how well you can handle more cramped space, and it you can fit all your stuff, plus his stuff, in there. Personally, I need lots of space, so it was miserable for me to be there for more than a couple days…
Post # 5
I said other because if I HAD to I could, but I would rather not lol. Especially after living in a house of over 2000 sq ft of living space. But it’s definitely do-able with the right storage units and organization!
Post # 6
We’ve been living in the city for 7 years. 2 years in 400 square feet, 4 years in 450, and now we’re 1 year in 500 square feet. Not only can it “be done” but we’re very happy in our small space.
And that rent price is a steal. I pay more on the UES but I have a two bedroom. But it’s a walkup. I can’t believe that price for a doorman building.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn
Um, an apartment with a Central Park view, gym and a dishwasher for $1,800? Go for it!
Post # 9
I voted “Other” because we could do that without a pet, but we have a dog now so no way. Our last place was 745 sq.ft. but it had 2 bedrooms, a “hallway”, a bathroom and a dining room.
Also, I have that same bed in the pictures!
Post # 10
@Artificial-Sweetener: first off I love artificial sweetener even though it is terrible for me :)…secondly, I know the prices of apartment’s in the city are ridiculous,,my dad is saving us about $400-$500 a month compared to what he could be getting for it though!
@abbie017: True…storage is a legit concern I have, I know there is storage in the basement of the building but I think it’s just a storage space for ALL tenants not blocked off for anyone…the good news is that they just built this underground shopping area right next to the building and starbucks is one of the above ground stores so if I need my personal space I am thinking that I can just run away to starbucks 🙂
Post # 11
What a great location! I think you can totally do it. We lived in a 1000 sq ft place, with 2 rooms, but one br was just storage. Just really downsize what you need and you should be fine.
We also had animals. But without them, 600 sq ft is totally doable.
Post # 12
We did it for 9 months right after the wedding. It was an absolute disaster. Moving in together is stressful enough without being in a tiny space. The thing about a studio apartment is that there’s no privacy. So we were both at home, but wanted some alone time, we couldn’t have it. Also we were on different schedules, so it was virtually impossible to deal with because he couldn’t just go into another room to watch tv while I went to bed early.
Post # 13
I think you can do it. SO and I share a one bedroom with a full kitchen and living room. It’s roughly 1000 sq. ft, and sometimes I feel like we have too much space. It is nice being able to be in the bedroom with the door closed while he’s in the living room, but we rarely even shut our bedroom door so it feels like one big room. I guess if you really needed a breather, you could go in the bathroom and shut the door. Your place is lovely, so I hope you enjoy living there together! 🙂
Post # 14
I think it could be done. Just make sure neither of you is a pack rat and are willing to put things in storage that you do not need. Darling Husband and I lived together for the first time in 1400 sq ft and this was our biggest issue. He brought everything he ever owned and had a hard time parting with things that were unnessesary. I just thing clutter could cause a few fights. In regards to living in the tight space you should be fine and if you fight and need a place to walk it off you are in downtown NY.
Post # 15
Honey, you have more than enough space and that is a STEAL!!! On Central Park??? Yeah you got a good deal! Studios on central park are selling for easily 2000-2500 on a nice area of central park such as west end ave on upper west side. Its beautiful! Good luck!
Post # 16
I think it would be okay depending on how your relationship is with him. But gosh that price is just crazy to me! lol. I know New York is a lot more expensive, I just cant believe thats all you get for almost $2,000.