The Real Deal New York

How much would it cost to live like Monica, Jerry or Carrie?

Estimating what it would really cost to live in TV apartments

May 08, 2016 05:00PM

Jerry Seinfeld's apartment on "Seinfeld"

Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment on “Seinfeld”

Last weekend, we brought you floor plans from popular television shows by master of interiors Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde – some were even better than on the small screen. Now, we are asking what it would cost to live in some of those apartments.

“Friends”
Location: West Village
Cost today: $4,500/month

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Monica Geller is said to have inherited her two-bedroom, one-bathroom, presumably rent-controlled apartment that she shares with Rachel Green from her grandmother. But what would it cost if she were paying market rate? According to the New York Post, at least $4,500, but probably a lot more.

“Seinfeld”
Location: Upper West Side
Cost today: $3,400/month

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Few apartments from TV are more recognizable than Jerry Seinfeld’s bachelor pad. So what would his one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment at 129 West 81st Street, a skip away from the American Museum of Natural History, cost? Well, Citi Habitats data shows that the average rent for a one-bedroom in the neighborhood is $3,836. The last studios to hit the market in “Jerry’s building” were asking $1,775 to $1,975 a month. So the post is putting it at $3,400 a month.

“Sex and the City”
Location: Upper East Side
Cost today: $2,700/month

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This one is trickier. First, Carrie Bradshaw allegedly lived in a rent-controlled, one-bedroom apartment at 245 East 73rd Street. But the façade of her building featured in the show was on Perry Street in the West Village. Moreover, her address on 73rd Street doesn’t exist.

But Citi Habitats says the average rent in March in that area was $2,515 a month for a one-bedroom. The Post added a few hundred a month for her massive closet. [NYP]Christopher Cameron

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