242-square-foot West Village “Wee Cottage” is asking $550K
6sqft previously featured this unique West Village studio for its clever design back in 2014, when its owners, Jourdan Lawlor and Tobin Ludwig, turned the 242-square-foot pied-a-terre at 352 West 12th Street into a marvel of Swiss Army knife-like usefulness with brilliant design and custom solutions. The pair, who bought the charming co-op for just $270,000, christened it “The Wee Cottage” and invested about $33,000 in a renovation that became the stuff of micro-apartment legend, having been featured in numerous publications and heaped with accolades (Refinery29 named it the Coolest Tiny Apartment in NYC, for example, and it’s an Instagram favorite). They rented it out for $3,000 a month in 2016, and now it’s for sale asking $500,000.
The home may be smaller than average, but when it comes to design details, it doesn’t come up short. Smart techniques like using built-ins and space-maximizing illusions like white walls and good lighting join a subdued color palette and other delightful interior touches throughout.
The smartly-renovated space comes furnished with a built-in Clei couch (the owners have called it “a lifesaver”) and murphy bed frame, a built-in custom dining room table, and a perfectly sized “coffee table” which in a previous life was an antique storage trunk).
The owners have been deeply involved in food and drink in their careers, so the kitchen is by necessity more than merely decorative. A maple island can be folded up and rolled into the closet. In addition to substantial built-in storage, you’ll find premium cabinets and high-end stainless steel kitchen appliances. A newly-renovated bathroom features a sliding door crafted from reclaimed barn wood.
A white brick fireplace makes a lovely backdrop, and six-foot windows are outfitted with Hunter Douglass remote-controlled electric blinds so you can control both light and privacy. Those windows overlook a charming shared garden, complete with morning birdsongs.
The building is one of a row of three three contiguous walk-up apartment buildings joined together as a single cooperative. The three buildings were built in 1875 by architect William Joel, and detailed beaux-arts elements remain. They’re joined in the back by a well-manicured garden that serves as a private oasis for residents.
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Images courtesy of Oxford Property Group.