The Real Deal New York

As more bedrooms are added, rents rise in Brooklyn

Traditional two- or three-bedroom apartments are being converted to appeal to roommates
September 03, 2014 11:00AM

An increasing number of Brooklyn apartments are being converted into three- or four-bedrooms with the goal of raising rental rates.

In Clinton Hill, for example, the new owner of an Edwardian apartment building is renovating apartments after tenants vacate to add more bedrooms and take away from common space, according to Brownstoner. This is an ongoing trend in up and coming neighborhoods all over Brooklyn. Another example can be found at 415 Washington Avenue, where dining rooms with French doors are being turned into additional bedrooms.

A market rate unit there, according to Brownstoner, which was formerly $2,925 a month is now charging between $4,500 and $5,000.

The landlords aim to attract roommates rather than families with the addition of these bedrooms. In some cases, bathrooms are also added. [Brownstoner] — Claire Moses