Rental pick of the week

A renovated two bedroom in Flatbush with outdoor space, for $2,200

The apartment has a dishwasher, microwave, and stainless steel appliances (these are not always found in rentals).

Keller Williams

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If you’re looking for a new rental apartment, you may have noticed that there are fewer apartments available compared to the last time you were in the market. 

That makes finding a rental even more stressful, but it’s important not to panic and jump at whatever seems acceptable—always do your homework, even before you go see the apartment, so you know what to ask about. It will save you bigger headaches down the road.

Here’s an apartment that appears attractive and well priced, but you would be wise to check it out online first and take advantage of the free data that's available.

For starters—the apartment, 2030 Nostrand Ave., #4B, in Flatbush, is described as “newly constructed” but that can’t be completely accurate—a quick check of the building’s info on StreetEasy shows that it was built in 1931.

What does appear new about this two-bedroom, one-bath rental is a gut renovation, and it looks like an attractive one at that. It is asking $2,200 with no broker’s fee. The median asking rent for a two bedroom in Flatbush is $2,150, according to StreetEasy. It's not clear how large this apartment is.

The apartment has a dishwasher, microwave, and stainless steel appliances (these are not always found in rentals). There are also stone countertops.

Here's a view of one of the bedrooms, the other is not shown.

The bath appears to be completely renovated.

The building has common and private roof decks, a private backyard, terrace, common laundry room, and audio and video intercom system.

Here's a view of the lobby, which appears to have been done over as well.

What about the neighborhood? It’s a few blocks from Midwood High School and Brooklyn College—the streets surrounding these schools are quiet enough to almost make you forget you’re in the city. There’s lots of eating and shopping options just blocks away on Flatbush Avenue, where you’ll find a Target, as well as the YMCA and the 2 train.

Real estate information site Localize.city says new express bus service may be coming to the neighborhood, as well as new bike lanes. But be warned: The area has a relatively high rate of crime compared to the rest of New York, the site says.