Gramercy Park’s Menno House offers cheap rents to select few

April 25, 2013 06:00PM

On the hunt for cheap housing in the city? You might have to convert. It’s possible to rent a room inside a Gramercy Park home for under $500 monthly, but with one caveat — you need to be a Mennonite, or at least know one.

The home — dubbed Menno House — is located at 314 East 19th Street off Second Avenue. The mortgage is paid, and rent, which for some is as low as $460 per month, is used for upkeep. The average monthly rent in the neighborhood is $3,600, according to StreetEasy.

The home has 13 bedrooms and three bathrooms, which the Journal says can make for tough mornings. Three bedrooms are set aside for vacationers — who don’t need to be Mennonites — for $75 nightly.

“Most people who end up living here know someone who has lived here or an aunt says to them, ‘Hey check out Menno House,'” Sara Versluis, manager of Menno House, told the Journal.

The home boasts 18-foot ceilings and original molding. [WSJ]Zachary Kussin