Rental of the Day: 981 Putnam Avenue

Here’s a fancy reno close to the J at Gates Avenue in east Bed Stuy. By Brooklyn rental standards, it seems high end. It’s a duplex with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a private deck and access to a big shared backyard. There’s central air and heat too. Asking rent is $3,500.

But at the end of the day, you’re still living off the J train and paying $1,166 a bedroom. Do you think it’s worth it?

981 Putnam Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

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  • I know there are plenty of people out there who like this type of reno, I think but it’s really a crime against an old house. blah.

  • “But at the end of the day, you’re still living off the J train”, “By Brooklyn rental standards”, Rebecca, you might want to consider writing for a different website. From that train station you can be in Manhattan in 10 minutes. Where in Manhattan are you going to find an apartment like that for that kind of money within ten minutes of the LES. You remind me of the same type of mentality that real estate agents displayed for East Bed Stuy like three years ago, now they are flocking here. Are you new here?

    • Yes. i would say “By Brooklyn rental standards” this is a superior apartment.

    • Post 1775,
      YEs, the Jtrain is a great means of transportation to MAnhattan, but Its no one that’s new to Brooklyn but you I guess. Rentnext to the J corridor, hasn’t reached 1166 a bedroom. Its about 1k per bedroom currently.
      Next to the L stop or the G stop rents have reached 1200 plus a bedroom. Not here.
      So thanks to Rebbeca for pointing out the ever exceeding asking per bedroom.

  • “From that train station you can be in Manhattan in 10 minutes.”

    I just plugged in this address and 40 Wall Street into Google and Hopstop; it seems like going from Bed-Stuy to the Broad Street station is more like 40-45 minutes. That’s not exactly close to 10 minutes.

  • I find this a pretty nice place, though I have no idea what rent is appropriate to the neighborhood. I’m glad, though, that I live in an area with a subway as opposed to an elevated line. As to the renovation, it doesn’t seem bad to me, particularly for a rental property. The one thing I found strange was the overhead light fixture/hanging pot rack in the kitchen with no island underneath. What does one do with that? Place a dinette set underneath? hang pots there and use a mallet to play out melodies? Bang one’s head against the hanging cookware? (I hate islands with stools, by the way, but it seems to be de rigueur these days.) Oh, also, I don’t like the floor finish.

  • All the aesthetics of living in the suburbs, but none of the parking.

    Seriously, this is nasty.