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A one-bedroom condo in the out-of-the-way Columbia Waterfront District, for $2,800

When you rent in a condo, you can usually get nicer finishes and appliances.

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Renting in a condo building is one way you may be able to get nicer digs. The finishes and appliances are generally a step up from what you typically find in a rental, and the building may have more amenities beyond what you can get at the average rental—but that’s if renters in the building are allowed to use them, so always be sure to ask.

This one-bedroom, one-bath rental, 71 Carroll St., #2B, is in the Columbia Waterfront District, a triangular-shaped neighborhood hemmed in by the BQE, the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, and Buttermilk Channel. If you don't mind being a little isolated, you might like the fact that the building is a five-story, luxury condo building built in 2005, and that you would likely be renting from the owner. It is listed for $2,800 a month.

The listing notes that the apartment has an open floor plan for the high-ceilinged kitchen and living room, which gives the space a loft-like feel. The kitchen has a dishwasher, solid stone countertops and ample cherry wood cabinets. The white subway-tiled bath has a shower with a tub. 

There’s central air in the apartment, a wall of closets in the bedroom, and a washer/dryer closet right across from the kitchen, which is a definite plus.

The building has an elevator and a virtual doorman. Cats and dogs are allowed, and the apartment is available now. 

It is about a half-mile to the nearest subway at Carroll Street, where you can catch the F or G trains, which might be a hike for some people. The apartment is within a quick walk to four community gardens, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and several restaurants.