But when working with an experience Realtor who will know your price range and size of property to rent, will be able to show you the units that seem to get you more property for the rental price and then as you go to look at those properties you will see if the areas have what you are looking for, restaurants, stores etc.
So work directly with a local Realtor with experience in rental units.
good luck to you!
Edith YourRealtor4Life and Chicago&NorthernIllinois Expert
I understand everyone wants to help Steve, but really?
There is a great wealth of things that will cater to your comforts in the Harlem area. Take a walk along Frederick Douglas Boulevard from as low as West 103rd and 8th Ave, up past the circle at 110th, continue due north and keep going as far as your legs can take you. You will get a sense for how the areas change and the level of services as well.
North of 145th, you will find better value for your dollar in terms of space, but perhaps the services in the area will be somewhat lacking.
Further north in the 155th-181st areas known as Washington Heights, you will find the most space and quality for your dollar for sure. On Audobon Ave, there are places for $1700 and way less depending on the area, size and quality. From what you have described here in this post, it sounds like you may sacrifice some of that space for more services in the immediate area such as grocers, cafe's, restaurants and the like.
There is a Fairway was west by where the Cotton Club is off 125th St past the 1 train. There is also a "Best Yet" on Frederick Douglas that is in a much more convenient location than going all the way over to the river if you are not a serious trooper like that or it's just too damn cold when winter hits and you won't bike or cab back from way over there. If you lived on Tieman or LaSalle, then it's a short walk from that Fairway home.
Anyways, this is becoming a novel and to sum it up, I have lived all over NYC, in many different areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Currently in "Hamilton Heights" Harlem. It's quite likely that I am the person Edith in Chicago was talking about. Then again, who knows! lol.
All the best and write us an update as to how things end up!