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Old 06-10-2010, 03:03 AM
 
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Im not good with math and equating square footage to space, probably because I have small rental history and not much to compare it to. Anyway is an 850 square foot apt. large for a NYC 2 bedroom. Is that size usually adequate for a family of three or would things be tight?

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Old 06-10-2010, 03:08 AM
 
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It sounds about right. I have a one bed and it's about 700 or 750 square feet and it's "huge" by NYC standards, so you figure a smaller second bedroom and a "master bedroom."

For a family of three, meaning two adults and one child, it should be fine. The kid would have a nice smaller bedroom, and the master bed should be pretty sizable for a couple.
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:20 AM
 
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It sounds about right. I have a one bed and it's about 700 or 750 square feet and it's "huge" by NYC standards, so you figure a smaller second bedroom and a "master bedroom."

For a family of three, meaning two adults and one child, it should be fine. The kid would have a nice smaller bedroom, and the master bed should be pretty sizable for a couple.

Are there laws regarding the accuracy of an apartments claim of square footage. Aside from experience, how would the average person know that the apt. reported size is accurate?
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:41 AM
 
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You can always measure it. I can tell from sight because my last two places were the same size but totally different layouts. Both were about 700 or 750 square feet, and huge by NYC standards. Plenty of room for a couple since the bathroom is situated so you can have complete privacy. In other words, one person can live in the bedroom and use the bathroom, and the other person can use the living room and the bathroom and if you close the doors you wouldn't have to deal with each other except when you use the kitchen--which btw is also large. Eat in kitchens are a luxury in NYC, so if you have one, consider yourself blessed.

Some realtors lie about square footage, or say it's "approximate." But as I say, just bring a tape measure and judge for yourself. In any case, the square footage mentioned should be ideal for a family of three; the second bedroom might not be huge, but big enough for a child, I'd imagine.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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It fluctuates wildly but I think 850 sq ft for a 2 Br is pretty small. I know it's extra large but I have a 1 Br which is just under 1,000 sq ft .Most 1 br's I have seen are between 700 and 800 sq ft.My apartment is a jr4(has a separate dining room) but even the regular( no DR) 1br's in my building are 850 sq ft and the 2 br's are between 1,100 and 1,200 sq ft.

As Elvira said,you'll have to measure because there are no laws about size. I think there are laws about room descriptions though. A "bedroom" must have a window and a closet or it's not really a bedroom.Many jr 4 apartment like mine have been converted to and are advertised as 2 br apartments but I think it is actually illegal to just call them 2 br apartments without stating " jr 4" or "jr 4 conversion"
Look at a 2 br( not a jr 4 conversion) in a prewar building to see what a " real " 2 br is like.There may be 850 sq ft 2 br's in newer buildings but I don't think anyone could ever call them "large for 2 br's"
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:52 AM
 
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Yeah, if you live in the Bronx you can get a lot more bang for your buck. Sounds nice, Bluedog.

And for a one bed 750 square feet and up, it should include an eat in kitchen and living space that could accommodate two roomates as I said: shared bath and kitchen layout.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:49 AM
 
Location: NYC
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850 sq ft for a 2 bdrm sounds small. I previously had a 2 bdrm about 1050 sq ft and my 1 bdrm is about 900 sq ft (includes a small room off the bathroom).
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:12 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies, of course, how the apt. is laid out makes a huge difference too. That much I do know.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen
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I had an 875sqft 2br condo as my first place in CT, and it was large. It all depends on layout, but every room was more than adequate. Depending what part of the city you're talking about, 850 may be way more than you'll get. I'd think 850sqft 2br in manhattan (except maybe UWS) will be hard to find, but it's prob easy in other areas.
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