Apartment Types

Popular Apartment Types

When looking for a new apartment in Brooklyn, it’s essential that you understand the wide variety of types and styles that you might come across.

To help make the process as simple as possible, here are some of the most popular apartment types throughout Brooklyn.


An apartment with one “true” bedroom, meaning that the bedroom has a window, closet and door, and enough room to fit a dresser and bed. One-bedrooms also have a living room, bathroom and kitchen.


Similar to the one-bedroom in most senses with an additional “true” bedroom.


The closest thing to living in a house in Brooklyn, a townhouse typically offers amenities such as a private backyard and an eat-in kitchen. Some townhouses remain single-family homes while others have been split up to create a multi-unit building.


A specific style of townhouse made of brown sandstone. And absolutely beautiful.


A straight floorplan, with one room leading directly into another. There are generally no hallways, so you have to walk through each room to get to another. If apartment hunting with roommates, buyer beware: the railroad style can get old quickly, as there is no true privacy with everyone shuffling in and out of your personal space.


With six floors or less, a walkup building has no elevator. Best for those in good physical condition, you have to walk up (and down) to your apartment every day – sometimes with groceries.

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One room with a full bathroom and a kitchen. Sometimes the kitchen can be a bit separated from the rest of the apartment.

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One large, open living space, typically converted from an industrial building. High ceilings and large windows, lofts are becoming increasingly more popular that new buildings are constructing apartments with loft-esque floor plans.


With co-ops, the entire building is owned by a group of people on the property who have purchased shares. Each “owner” may sublet his or her apartment, and potential renters have to go through a rigorous interview process by a board of directors.


In a condo, each unit is owned privately, while the common areas (lobby, hallway, etc.) are owned collectively by the tenants. Rental applications are typically interviewed by the condo board.

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Apartment style with two separate adjoining floors connected by an interior, private staircase. These units can be unique is that sometimes the second floor is made for sleeping only, whereas in another duplex the second floor could contain an actual full floor and bathroom.