What To Look For In An Apartment Rental For Your Next Trip

If you’ve got a trip planned, whether for business or for pleasure, you need to make sure you’re staying in the right place. Having some home comforts and the right amenities close by will make your trip far more enjoyable, and probably more productive.

Here, we’re going to talk about what you should be looking for in your next apartment rental:

The Right Price

The price of your apartment is going to be important - so this means you need to know your budget. It can be all too easy to ignore the price if the apartment is beautiful and the views are even better, but it isn’t a good idea to go over your budget for this.

Set a budget before you even start your search. What can you afford, and how long for? Whether you’re staying for one week, a few weeks, or a couple of months, make sure you know your numbers as accurately as possible. Make sure you think of anything else you’ll have to pay for, such as food, utilities, gym membership, social activities, and more so that you don’t overshoot and end up choosing somewhere you can’t afford in the long run. You don't want to have to move to another, more affordable apartment once you’ve settled in!

Always look at the price of an apartment before looking deeper into information and pictures so you can avoid falling in love with something that you can’t afford. Remember, the time of year will play a part in how much you pay for rent. The prices will be much higher during summer because that’s the time of year people search for somewhere to stay. In general, when it’s colder outside, prices will drop. If you can secure the price of the apartment out of peak season, then you will get a much better deal.

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Schedule In Person Visits

When you have 2 or 3 apartments on your short list, perhaps a maximum of 4, you should visit them in person. Checking them out in person will help you to get a feel for the place and whether it will suit the way you’re planning on spending your time while you’re there. This may not always be possible, but if you’re looking into long term rentals then it should be considered a must. You can look at these long term rentals in Paris to get an idea of where you could be staying and what you want to look for during your visit. Don’t forget to take the people you’re going to be staying with, as they can help you to see another perspective and find the perfect place.

Plan To Stay As Organized As You Can

If you are viewing multiple apartments, make sure you keep track of the important details so that they don’t all blur into one when it’s all said and done. Make a note of things like:

  • Amenities
  • Rental rates
  • Security deposit amounts
  • Contact information
  • Side notes
  • Other relevant information

Making a spreadsheet could be the most effective way of noting these things down where you can easily compare and contrast.

You may want to look for different things in an apartment depending on the purpose of your trip. It can be a good idea to make a priorities list before you go to viewings so you end up staying in a place that is perfect for you. For instance, would you like a kitchenette, and somewhere you can wash clothes? Or are you happy with a laundrette near by? Think up as many possibilities as you can, and don’t forget to make notes so you remember to look for these things when visiting a rental. Try to stay focused during viewings, writing everything down and looking for what you need. Don’t be dazzled by views and things that are considered non-essential!

Considering Public Transportation

Knowing what you have nearby will be a huge help if you’re planning on renting somewhere. You want to have the right facilities and amenities - public transport is especially important, even if you plan on using a car some of the time. Public transport can save you a lot of money in the long run, so see if you can easily access it from your chosen apartment. Saving money on things like gas, car insurance and maintenance leaves more in your budget to put towards to monthly rent and other expenses.

What will you look for in your apartment rental for your next trip? Leave a comment below!

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Top Open Houses This Weekend

Tribeca

WHERE: 311 Greenwich St Apt: 2GH New York NY 10013

SIZE: 3 bed, 2 baths 1450 sqft

COST: $2,495,000

WHEN: Sunday by appointment only

ABOUT: This well laid out 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home blends an open floorplan. The expansive living and dining area flows into an updated kitchen with granite countertops, two separate cook stations, a built-in water filtration system, and a suite of stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom possesses a series of custom built-ins that include cabinets, a queen-sized bed frame, and a walk-in California closet. Other features of the home include brand new windows and a stacked washer/dryer.


311 Greenwich is an 11-story, 81 unit condominium in Tribeca. Conveniently located nearby Whole Foods, Washington Market Park, Target, and a number of local trendy restaurants, cafes, and shops. The building comes with a full-time doorman, an elevator, a landscaped rooftop deck, a bike room, a fitness room, and a live-in super. Nearby subway lines include the 1/2/3/A/C. Pets Allowed.

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Upper West Side

WHERE: 1 West End Avenue Apt. 23F

SIZE: 4 bed, 4.5 baths 2,836 sqft

COST: $6,350,000

WHEN: 4/22 &4/23 1-3pm 

ABOUT:  An elegant walnut door and bronze newspaper box greet you as you enter this remarkable residence featuring four bedrooms, four baths and a powder room. This spacious 2,836 SF home is outfitted with walnut wide plank floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and custom finishes throughout. A generous corner living room with southern and western exposures offers extraordinary natural light. 

Heated Bianco Dolomiti marble floors, brushed limestone walls and a marble slab countertop adorn the tranquil five-fixture master bathroom. Recessed medicine cabinets with LED lighting, Zuma soaking tub, glass-enclosed shower and Dornbracht fixtures add to the resort-inspired experience.

The secondary bathrooms contain Opal White marble floors and walls, custom-stained oak vanity with a Lacava countertop and Dornbracht fixtures throughout.

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Gramercy Park

WHERE: 234 East 23rd Street, #Sky Duplex

SIZE: 5 bed, 5.5 baths 4,135 sqft

COST: $11,250,,000

WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

ABOUT: The unique open layout kitchen was custom designed with functionality top of mind. A moveable island, open stainless steel shelving, pantry storage and Quartzite work surfaces surround professional grade appliances by Sub-Zero, Bertazzoni and Bosch. Tucked off the kitchen hallway, there is a media area and guest bedroom suite complete with ensuite bath offering privacy in addition to tremendous southern light.

The master bedroom occupies the entire southeast corner of the 16th floor. The master bath is a serene space outfitted with a windowed walk-in closet and bordered by a gorgeous, landscaped, south-facing terrace. Here you'll find two ensuite baths one with an elegant shower surrounded with framed casement glazing that mirror the building's industrial window theme and one with a deep soaking tub. 

Downstairs lies a full entertainment/guest suite with a second full kitchen as well as three well-appointed bedrooms, two full marble bathrooms and a laundry room with Bosch washer-dryer. A large storage unit is also included with this stunning residence in the clouds.

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Top Open Houses This Weekend

Looking for a new place to live or just curious about what's on the market? Check out our top open houses this weekend.

Chelsea

WHERE: 126 W 22nd St Apt 7S New York, NY 10011

SIZE: 2 bed 2 baths 2160 sqft

COST: $3,575,000

WHEN: 4/2, 1:00PM - 2:30PM

ABOUT: Flawless prewar Chelsea loft with abundant natural southern light, two generous bedrooms and two elegant bathrooms. High ceilings, hardwood floors, central air conditioning, surround sound, tilt & turn windows, tasteful custom built-ins and outfitted closets are throughout this exclusive home. Great Room and Dining Room are perfect for entertaining. MPD Design Build custom kitchen has Corian countertop and integral sink, marble backsplash, SubZero refrigerator and freezer, U-Line wine refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, Wolf stove with six burner gas cooktop, vented hood and custom cabinetry with substantial storage. Corian shelved pantry closet includes vented LG Tromm washer and dryer. Luxurious master bedroom suite has an exquisite en-suite bathroom and a lavish dressing room. Master bathroom has Italian porcelain floor tiles, radiant heat, Neolith wall panels, soaking tub, separate shower, Robern medicine cabinets, master bath counter top, integral sinks and vanity apron are Caesarstone. Additionally there is a spacious second bedroom, beautiful second bathroom and a home office.

Additional private storage is included and conveniently located on the floor. Chelsea Flats is a well established boutique condominium with two lofts per floor, key locked elevator and a common roof deck. Centrally located in Chelsea just a few blocks South of Madison Square Park. Convenient to the city's best restaurants and shopping, nearby specialty food stores include Eataly, Trader Joe's, Fairway and Whole Food

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Chelsea Waterside Residences

WHERE: 559 W 23rd St Apt: 6 New York NY 10011

SIZE: 4 bed 4 baths 2410 sqft

COST: $4,450,000

WHEN: 4/2, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

ABOUT: From the moment you step off the elevator, this home will literally take your breath away. Saturated with southern & western light and graced with views of the Hudson River, this stunning 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom duplex features 2,410 sq. ft., soaring 19-ft double height ceilings, floor-to-ceiling Schuco windows and a pair of private, north-facing balconies.

The grand living space is designed with an open concept allowing for effortless living and entertaining. The high-end kitchen opens to the dining area and is a show stopper in its own right with the sleek custom cabinetry by Eggersman, Honed Montclair Danby marble countertops and top-of-the-line appliances including a Sub Zero refrigerator and Miele ovens. Follow the 7-inch wide plank European oak flooring down the hall to the two generous sized bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a private balcony.

The upper level of the apartment contains a stylized mezzanine bedroom and bathroom and the home’s palatial master suite featuring a huge walk-in closet, a private balcony, an extravagant master bathroom complete with dual-vanity sinks, a walk-in shower with a Raindance showerhead and a Duravit soaking tub.

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Union Square

WHERE:  130 East 18th Street, 11G - Gramercy - Union Square, New York

SIZE: 1 bed 1 baths 650 sqft

COST: $867,000

WHEN: 4/1, Appointment only

ABOUT: This Gramercy Park stunner is a total gut renovated one bedroom . Situated on idyllic Irving Place in one of the best buildings in Gramercy. This light filled one bedroom enjoys both open eastern and southern views for constant sun throughout the day. The open kitchen features new slate flooring, granite countertops and top of the line stainless steel appliances. The windows are outfitted with Hunter Douglas shades. Bathroom has been immaculately renovated as well. The apartment has four extremely large closets making this a rare one bedroom with plenty of storage space! Gramercy Plaza has a sweeping 360 roof deck, beautiful common garden and laundry room. 24 hour doorman and on site superintendent. Steps to all subway transportation, Gramercy Park and the Union Square farmer's market.Please note broker is owner.

This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman

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