Rental pick of the week

A renovated one bedroom with loft space in the East Village, for $2,850

In addition to a separate bedroom, 217 East 4th St., #3A, has a loft space above the kitchen.

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If you’re looking for a vibrant NYC neighborhood, the East Village, with its bars, restaurants, and music venues, may fit the bill. Of course, the neighborhood is a far tamer place these days, with places like CBGB, which gave birth to the punk music scene, long gone. The club closed in 2006 and is now a John Varvatos store.

Housing is changing in the East Village as well, with projects like Extell's new luxury rental development, where studios go for $3,600. But if you want something with a little more character, consider this gut renovated apartment in a 1900 building, 217 East 4th St. #3A.

The asking rent is $2,850, which is slightly above the median for one bedrooms in the neighborhood, according to StreetEasy. The apartment was recently renovated and has a loft space above the kitchen in addition to a separate bedroom. There are also dark wood floors and exposed brick in the bedroom and living room.

The updated kitchen has a new, full-sized stainless steel fridge and stove, a small counter space, and blue cabinets, which are a nice change from the wood or white ones that are often found in city rentals. It looks like there's room for a dining table across from the appliances.

The wide and sturdy-looking ladder to the loft is just beyond the kitchen area. It doesn't look like you'll be able to stand completely upright in the loft space, but its ceiling does seem high enough to not be claustrophobic. The space technically could be used as a sleeping nook if you desire, but its open wooden banister doesn’t provide much privacy, especially if you're looking to live with a roommate. (For some inspiration, here are a few alternative uses for sleeping lofts in NYC apartments.)

Both the living room and bedroom are small and compact, separated by a white wall and a glass panel door with a transom window above to let light in from the two bedroom windows—the only ones it appears the apartment has. Since there’s no floor plan, we don’t know for sure if the bedroom is large enough to be considered a legal bedroom in NYC.

The bath is at the back of the apartment by the kitchen, and has a walk-in shower, blue tiles, and a white vanity and medicine cabinet.

The building is a five-story, walk-up building that's pet-friendly. 

Popular Tompkins Square Park is just three blocks north, and Beauty & Essex, Rockwood Music Hall, Clinton St. Baking Company, and Nuyorican Poets Café are among the many nearby destinations.

The closest subway is the F, an eight-minute walk away at Second Avenue and East Houston Street.