A Bed-Stuy triplex with not one but two kitchens, old school fireplaces, and access to shared a backyard sounds like a pretty good bargain for $4,850, a drop from its original asking price of $5,400. But the listing's mention of "5.6" bedrooms (two of them are unexplained "half-bedrooms") makes it a little unclear just how many people can realistically share this place, and thus, what you'd end up paying in rent.
There's also a separate listing offering the option of renting out part of this place as a 3.5-bedroom duplex--but you'd end up with third-floor tenants tromping through the common areas.
Between that and the long walk to the train, is a spot in this townhouse still a good deal? Our veteran renters—including RentHackr founder Zeb Dropkin, freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, and BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter—weigh in for this week’s Take It or Leave It.
Size: 5.6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Location: 186 Van Buren Street between Lewis and Marcus Garvey in Bed-Stuy
Flexible Layout: Yes
Days on the market: 61 days
Subway: J, M, Z at Myrtle Avenue-Broadway; J at Kosciusko; G at Myrtle-Willoughby; C at Kingston Throop; J, M at Flushing; J, Z at Gates; M at Central
Pros and Cons:
"This is a pretty large house, though I'm not quite sure what a "half-bedroom" is, and there are two here. Plus, there's access to outdoor space, three bathrooms and two kitchens! It reminds me of the houses we used to share in college. The ground floor and cellar are not included, which means you're going to be at least one flight up, and potentially three. Plus, the price was recently reduced by about 10 percent, which is either great or a red flag, depending how you look at it." - Lucy
LEAVE IT "Or, at the very least, visit a few times to make sure there aren't other red flags." - Lambeth