For most of us, an apartment with outdoor space is out of budget so public parks become the default solution. From Saturdays laying out in Sheep Meadow to morning runs around the reservoir, Central Park is hands down the best and biggest public outdoor space around. But sometimes the schlep from the subway to prime CP lawn space feels, well, like a schlep. While living close Central Park can be pricey, nothing beats the easy access to green space it provides. That said, you can land a deal if you know where and how to look. And given the popularity of searching for apartments Near Central Park Under $2,500 on Naked Apartments, it seems like renters are hot on the hunt. Here we’ve done the work for you and sifted through your options to find some real gems near the park at a reasonable price point:

$2,450/Month Studio on UWS

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If you’re holding out for that quirky apartment people always seem to live in on rom-coms, we’ve found it for you. Behold this exposed–brick studio that actually has a separate room located down a spiral staircase, perfect for your man/lady cave. Did I mention the fireplace, walk-in closet, dishwasher, and second half-bath? With digs like this, you’ll never want to leave, but trust me, you should head out the front door because this place is located just a block from Central Park’s Strawberry Fields and is within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center. Spend your mornings near the reservoir and your evenings taking in some first-class art. Actually, if this place is no longer listed by the time you click through, you can blame me entirely because I want this apartment.

$2,200/Month One-Bedroom on UES

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The windows in this one-bedroom give you great skyline views, but you can also head outside a few blocks to Sheep Meadow in Central Park and enjoy the view en plein air. And, with these digs only a few blocks from the park, should you forget your favorite picnic blanket, it’s no big deal. The location paired with gorgeous hardwood floors and spacious closets make this apartment a steal!

$2,400/Month Studio on Madison

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If you are dreaming of living in an elegant townhouse in one of Manhattan’s most sought-after neighborhoods, look no further. This large, light-filled studio is a block from Central Park. Take your AM run past the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art before heading home to cook breakfast in your classic black and white-tiled alcove kitchen and enjoy the morning light as it filters through three tall windows. The herringbone wood floors and art deco fireplace don’t hurt either. With a home like this, and so close to Central Park, you’ll be a true Manhattanite in no time.

$2,100 One-Bedroom on UES

A one-bedroom on the Upper East just blocks from the park? Don’t mind if I do. This quintessential Manhattan apartment has iconic parquet floors and plenty of windows, but the real perks are your proximity to the reservoir, the Met, and the 92nd St Y. At $2,100 a month, it’s practically a steal!

$2,350 Studio in Lincoln Square

Outdoor space plus easy access to Sheep Meadow for less than $2,500? Sounds like a renter’s jackpot to me. This cozy studio offers built-in shelving, a kitchen that includes plenty of counter space as well as that coveted dishwasher, and private outdoor space. It may be on the small side, but when you’re steps from the park, Lincoln Center, and Columbus Circle, how much time are you really going to spend at home anyways?

$2,500 One-Bedroom on UWS

Traveling north of the Museum of Natural History on the West Side is totally worth it. This Manhattan Valley apartment puts you in close proximity to not only Central Park, but Riverside and Morningside Parks as well. Parks aside, you’ll also be close to Columbia University, Symphony Space, and iconic 125th Street. Plus, the further north you head, the more you get for your money. This large, light-filled apartment is located in a doorman building with onsite laundry. Did I mention that northern Central Park is much more relaxing, away from all the hullaballoo of tourists and vendors?

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