Average one-bedroom rent: $3,130/month, per TripleMint. If you're willing to take the L a few stops past Bedford, though, Faricelli is confident you can find something in the $1,800 to $2,200 range.
What you get: If you want a pre-war walk-up with a lot of character, you can find that in Williamsburg. If you want a luxury-esque building with all-new hardware and a ton of amenities, you can get that, too.
Why you want it: North Williamsburg is basically the East Village of Brooklyn, says Tretter: hip, trendy, and heavily gentrified. What used to be a working-class neighborhood of Jewish, European, and Hispanic immigrants is now home to approximately a billion new developments, including a crop of swanky high-rises along the waterfront. That said, the neighborhood's list of local attractions is pretty much endless, and the list of companies flocking to the area is ever-growing. Bedford is the main post-hipster drag, though you'll be better off veering away from it. Meander over to Radegast for some Teutonic day drinking, investigate the untapped wonders of Japanese-Jewish fusion at Shalom Japan, or celebrate a special occasion with a 19-course Scandinavian tasting menu at Aska, which on the bright side, is definitely less expensive than your apartment. A sign of the times: In the last few years, Williamsburg has (controversially, though conveniently) welcomed its first Starbucks, Whole Foods, and Apple Store.