New York Rental Apartment: Renovated Chelsea 1BR for $3,000

Most people consider washers, dryers or dishwashers to be luxuries when found in a New York apartment, but I have three words that put those items to shame: noise-abatement windows. Sweet silence -- or at least the dulling of cabs honking, people screaming and the general hum of the city. That advantage makes this large one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment go from something nice to something really special. Plus, look at that kitchen.