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New York City is full of apartments. Start your search on the right track with a few of our clients’ favorites!

Finding a furnished apartment in New York City to call your own can be tough, especially if you’re new to the city or renting an accommodation for less than a year. And with over 1,500 furnished apartments currently available to rent through New York Habitat, you may need help finding inspiration for apartments to include with your request to an agent, even if you already know your ideal location, size needs, and budget.

To give you some ideas, we’ve gathered the top-rated apartments on our website in our New York City sublet department (entire apartments available for rentals of one month to one year). Keep reading to see what clients have loved about living in New York with reviews in their own words, and get to know the key features of some of our most popular apartments.

Upper West Side 1-bedroom with Central Park views

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The charming living area of this Upper West Side apartment is full of color and luxurious extras like a grand piano. (Rental ID: NY-14853)

A quaint and cozy one-bedroom apartment can be an ideal option for a starter apartment in New York City, especially when it’s located just across the street from the city’s beloved Central Park. In this furnished Upper West Side apartment, you’ll find charm to spare in the classic décor and hardwood floors. The space is designed to inspire and entertain, with large bookshelves in the bedroom, a flat-screen television with Roku entertainment center, and a show-stopping wood-finish grand piano.

This apartment is designed for functionality as well, with an eat-in kitchen that features a full china cabinet and gas stove. You can enjoy looking out the kitchen window while you eat breakfast or dinner. An elevator makes this apartment accessible even for those with physical impairments, and a live-in supervisor and laundry in the building ensures ease of day-to-day living.

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Look out the windows in this apartment for a view of the treetops of Central Park directly across the street!

This apartment currently maintains a 5/5 star rating on our website. Past tenants praise the location (right across from Central Park with views from the windows can’t be beat!), the apartment’s comfort and cleanliness, and the building. As our past United States client Henry N. says:

“It was a cozy, comfortable, convenient…in a word, wonderful, experience. The view overlooking the central park [sic] was amazing… playing the grand piano in the living room was a life binding memory.”

If you’re all about location near major Manhattan attractions, comfortable amenities, a charming space, and have a low-to-moderate budget, check out this Upper West Side gem.

Modern, minimalist 1-bedroom near classic Manhattan institutions

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This attractive, minimalist Upper East Side apartment is a great place to live if you want to be close to a lot of great attractions and conveniences. (Rental ID: NY-5193)

This contemporary one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side is in a prime location, located near schools like Hunter College and The Rockefeller University, as well as being close to favorite spots on the Museum Mile like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Rest well with the protection of a security system in the building. Chic contemporary style in the furnishings, like a dining table and futon sofa, will help you feel like a modern New Yorker for a few months.

This apartment also has coveted bonuses that make it extra appealing, like a washer and dryer in the apartment and a bedroom closet with ample storage space. Getting the necessities is a breeze with nearby grocery stores like Whole Foods, CVS Pharmacy, and a Starbucks Coffee. Our past client and tenant Richard D. (of South Africa) says of the apartment:

“This apartment was one of the best located apartments I could ask for close to all major subway routes, within walking distance of Central Park and some of New York’s finest museums. The building is very quiet and very well maintained. The landlady is a delight, always smiling, accommodating and hospitable in every way possible. This apartment became my home away from home for the 8 months that I was in New York and I would highly recommend this apartment to anyone looking for a place to rent.”

If you’re looking to experience the best of NYC with modern conveniences nearby, and have a moderate budget, check out this 5/5 star-rated apartment.

Rustic, old-fashioned luxury in Chelsea

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This Chelsea apartment gives you a fresh perspective, as the living room windows look out onto a private garden instead of an NYC street. (Rental ID: NY-15343)

If you’re looking for the unexpected that’s still a surefire success, this gorgeous one-bedroom Chelsea garden apartment is sure to satisfy. Further downtown in Manhattan, you’ll find beautiful, pre-war buildings with plenty of character to spare, much like the one in which this apartment is located. Find original details inside, like exposed brick, paned windows, and paneled walls, all of which are accented by the apartment’s handsome array of antique furnishings to make an old-fashioned soul feel right at home in the city!

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A garden space bursting with green plants and outdoor seating creates a serene hideaway in the heart of Chelsea.

More features of this apartment allow you to forget that you’re in a busy, crowded city like New York, and enjoy rare luxuries like a private backyard garden and patio, a walk-in closet, and a kitchen with wrap-around limestone countertops and deluxe stainless steel appliances.

Additionally, Chelsea is a thriving neighborhood of New York culture, with famed art and shopping destinations nearby like Chelsea Market, the High Line, and the Whitney Museum of Art. 6 subway lines also serve the area, but you’ll feel worlds away from it all when you want to be. In fact, former client Bob F. of the United States reviewed this 5/5 star apartment with the following comments:

“I loved living in this apartment. It felt like an oasis of calm after a busy day. Bob went well beyond being a landlord… The apartment is great for sleeping, since the bedroom is in the back and shielded from city lights and street noise.”

In an apartment like this in Chelsea, you can experience some of the best things NYC has to offer, while still maintaining a level of seclusion and privacy. If you have a more luxury budget, consider this highly-rated one-bedroom!

Stay in a spacious studio with separate kitchen in Fort Greene

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Enjoy a little more living space coupled with romantic details in a top-rated Brooklyn studio. (Rental ID: NY-16024)

Brooklyn is full of hidden gems that give you more value for your rent money, including this fresh and spacious studio apartment in Fort Greene! This studio space is on the ground floor of a pre-war townhouse, and as soon as you step inside, you’ll be greeted by a fresh, classic-inspired style that keeps the space sunny and functional. Light hardwood floors, multiple windows, and gauzy drapes let natural light into the space, and a stunning marble decorative fireplace adds a homey touch.

In Manhattan, you may have difficulty finding a studio apartment that gives you space to live, but that’s not a problem here! A full, modern, eat-in kitchen with ample cabinet space for flatware and food storage is kept entirely separate from the living area, and comes with a full-size steel refrigerator and gas stove. A generously-sized modern bathroom with full-sized bathtub rounds out the space.

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The tree-lined street outside this studio creates a serene environment that’s also close to several parks.

Of course, another factor in the 5/5-star rating in this studio apartment is the amazing location. Those who love the outdoors will feel right at home in Fort Greene, a neighborhood with leafy tree-lined streets and proximity to two of the finest parks in Brooklyn, Fort Greene Park and Prospect Park. Plus, it’s easy to get around, with the neighborhood being well-connected to Manhattan by subway.

Past tenants have praised the apartment’s convenient location and its hospitable owners Mary and John. Past tenant Jacob R. of the United States praised the neighborhood, saying:

“I had a great time living there. Very comfortable and clean place. Fort Greene/Clinton hill is one of the best area’s in Brooklyn, It’s a very convenient location. Grocery stores, restaurants and cafes are all minutes away.”

Meanwhile, Yoko F. of Japan was extremely pleased with the apartment’s owner:

“The best highlight of the apartment [was] the owner. She was extremely helpful and caring, frequently checking on me to see if everything was OK. At the same time, she also gave me a very comfortable privacy space. I could not ask for anything more!”

A top-rated studio in Brooklyn can be a great option for monthly stays in New York City on a more modest budget. With a gem like this studio, you can enjoy generous space, a reasonable commute to Manhattan, and the assistance of a charming local host (one of the benefits of booking with New York Habitat!).

A warm, community welcome from a palatial Boerum Hill one-bedroom

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The high ceilings, large windows, and door to the outdoor terrace create a relaxing sleeping space in this Boerum Hill apartment. (Rental ID: NY-17602)

A top-rated one-bedroom apartment in a pre-war Boerum Hill, Brooklyn townhouse lets you jump right in to living like a local in New York! This apartment comes with beautiful features that are a staple of classic Brooklyn apartments, including molding, a decorative fireplace, and a gorgeous arch in the living room. The apartment bursts with character in other ways as well, with unique artwork, antiques, and upholstery decorating the space.

You’ll enjoy the breezy living space in this apartment, with a queen-sized bedroom that leads directly outside onto a private terrace and gets plenty of sun thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a full modern kitchen with steel appliances and a tile bathroom with soaking tub.

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The quaint and close-knit community of Boerum Hill features many picturesque streets like the one outside this apartment rental.

As your new neighborhood, Boerum Hill will welcome you with open arms! This Brooklyn neighborhood strikes a perfect balance of urban convenience with a quaint neighborly feel. There are plenty of locally-owned restaurants and businesses to explore, and the community is full of close-knit, tree-lined streets. Our past client John P. from the United States noted the charm of the apartment and community in his review:

“The location to everything Brooklyn and Manhattan offers is unparalleled with dozens of subway options all within a few blocks. The local restaurants were charming and the Halloween party the neighbors put on was the best I’ve ever seen. You don’t just rent here you become part of the community.”

Want to be part of a classic community during your short-term rental? This lovely one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment may be the top-rated choice for you.

How to find your ideal furnished apartment

Of course, every renter has different needs, priorities, and wish lists for their ideal apartment. At New York Habitat, we aim to personalize the rental experience for each renter. When you submit a request, you’ll be put in touch with a licensed agent who will help you find the ideal apartment for your needs and budget. If any of these top-rated apartments have caught your eye, be sure to include it with your request, or consider the factors that our renters love: an awesome location, great amenities, or peace and privacy. There’s an ideal New York Habitat furnished apartment for every renter, so start your search here.

Which top-rated NYC apartment is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!