Posted Oct 27, 2014

New York City: A Look into the Q3 Quarterly Report

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Touted across the world as The Big Apple, New York City is home to over eight million residents. With five distinct boroughs and hundreds of neighborhoods, it’s no surprise that rent prices across the city experience major fluctuations. As a result, despite being contained in a single city, life in Tribeca on the island of Manhattan is undoubtedly drastically different than life in Astoria, which is located in Queens. To uncover some of the most fascinating rent trends across the nation during Q3 2014, we took a holistic look at the New York City rental market based on findings from our quarterly report. Check out our findings below and stay tuned for a deeper analysis of other major markets in future posts on the blog!

Citywide Median Rent

For the first time in 2014, New York City’s median rent fell below $3,000, clocking in at $2,800. This is a huge change compared to the incredibly high priced Q2 2014 that New York renters experienced. The citywide median rent fell by almost 12% compared to the previous quarter, where the city experienced a median rent of just below $3,200. While New York City may have started to close the gap in Q2 2014 with West Coast high rent rival San Francisco, with the significant drop in Q3, San Francisco blows New York out of the water. In fact, the median rent in San Francisco was nearly 25% higher than that of New York City. This doesn’t mean New York City renters have it easy though.

To get a holistic understanding of the New York City rental market, it’s important to look at the citywide median. After all, the city is comprised of a variety of boroughs and neighborhoods, which adds to the allure of New York. However, because the city is rich with neighborhood diversity, it creates distinct rental rate differences. It’s important for renters who are looking to use pricing data to make actionable renting decisions in New York City, as well as renters across the nation, to understand median rent prices broken down by neighborhood in each borough.

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Tribeca vs. Astoria (and everything in between)

Once again, trendy Manhattan neighborhood Tribeca topped the charts as the most expensive neighborhood to rent in New York City. At $5,000, Tribeca is positioned as a strong rival next to the most expensive neighborhood in San Francisco, Presidio Heights, which experienced a median rent price of $5,100 in Q3 2014. While New York City may have won the rent battle citywide, on a neighborhood level, New York stands as a high priced competitor. The second and third ranked most expensive neighborhoods in NYC, Battery Park City and Union Square, had higher median rents than their SF high-priced counterparts, Dogpatch ($4,288) and Cow Hollow ($4,200). So, to really understand the New York City rental landscape, it’s fascinating to break down each borough on a neighborhood level.

Up and coming Brooklyn neighborhoods, in addition to the Manhattan regulars that typically make the most expensive neighborhood list, were the only two New York City boroughs with median rents above the citywide media. The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island neighborhoods all fell below the citywide median. Long Island City, a popular neighborhood in Queens, fell just below the citywide median at $2,700, but was still higher than a handful of Manhattan neighborhoods, including Chinatown, the Upper East Side and the most shocking, the Meatpacking District. The Meatpacking District is notorious for having high priced rental units to keep up with the trendy connotation associated with this ‘hood.

Despite being well below the citywide median in certain Bronx, Queens and Staten Island neighborhoods, it’s still very expensive to rent in every neighborhood in New York City. Astoria for example, which clocked in at $2,150, or 23% below the citywide median, is still ranked higher than major U.S. cities like Chicago and Los Angeles, where the citywide medians haven’t even reached the $2,000 mark. The best deals in New York City proved to be in the Bronx and Staten Island, where more than 15 neighborhoods were over 50% less than the citywide median.

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Furry Friends Most Welcomed in Brooklyn and Manhattan

Looking to rent with pets? Manhattan and Brooklyn proved to be the most accommodating to renters looking to reside with their furry roommates. While it’s important to remember that this analysis only considers listings where pets allowed is specifically indicated in the rental listing, the results proved to be somewhat surprising. Boroughs like Staten Island and Queens are notorious for having more outdoor space associated with residences, which might suggest that there would be more opportunities to rent with pets. However, Manhattan and Brooklyn proved to top the charts with the most pet friendly rentals. In fact, more than 50% of the units in 18 Brooklyn neighborhoods and 15 Manhattan neighborhoods were touted as pet friendly rentals in Q3. Stuyvesant Town (Manhattan), Dumbo (Brooklyn) and the Brooklyn Navy Yard (Brooklyn) featured the highest percentage of pet friendly units — 93%, 77% and 75%, respectively.

With so many distinct neighborhoods, New York is one of the most fascinating, and complicated rental markets to digest. Do you rent in New York City or have thoughts about the state of the rental market? We’d love to hear from you! Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook. Keep checking the blog for deeper looks into other major rental markets featured in our quarterly report – there are sure to be some insights that will surprise you!

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Elizabeth Pullman


Elizabeth oversees Marketing at Lovely. It is her goal to make sure every single person nationwide knows about Lovely and Lovely Pro!

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