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A block of 78th Street on the Upper West Side, between the Museum of Natural History and Amsterdam Avenue, has more going for it than just colorful brownstones; it also has a colorful architectural secret. The block’s display of Moorish brick and stone buildings shares a history with some of the city’s notable public spaces. Known as “Guastavino Row,” its decorative and altogether charming townhouses were designed by noted 19th-century architect Rafael Guastavino, famed for his beautiful and expertly engineered vaulted, tiled ceilings. Recently, a small but lovely first-floor studio at 120 West 78th street listed for $359,000, and it boasts a beautiful ceiling that, according to the listing, was one of Guastavino’s iconic designs. Read more
This pre-war studio might not be huge (in fact it’s only 550 square feet), but it has plenty of charm and even more location going for it. Tucked into the top floor of an elevator building at 1361 Madison Avenue, the diminutive co-op is asking $460,000 and not a penny more. Central Park is a block away, and the Upper East Side location is in the heart of the neighborhood.
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As soon as you move into this 560-square-foot loft-style Chelsea studio at 85 8th Avenue, you’ll be convinced you’ve snagged the coolest apartment in the neighborhood. It was formerly a one-bedroom, it’s just had a full renovation…and the space is divided by a custom-milled wooden wall that runs the length of the bedroom area. Not convinced? There’s also a walk-in closet, a Juliet balcony and Empire State Building views, all for $589,000.
That’s the kind of wall we like to see
How much can you do with 410 square feet? Surprisingly, quite a bit. A renovation at this Hell’s Kitchen studio, located within the 433 West 54th Street cooperative, has tried to maximize space in any way possible. Case in point: a Murphy bed “cabinet” with the option to tuck your bed away in style, a corner kitchen lined with wood that also holds storage underneath a compact breakfast bar, and a fire escape that makes for a suitable outdoor space. After last selling in 2010 for $340,000, the studio is asking $425,000.
This way for a look inside
A quirky studio designed by the interior designer Adam Tihany, praised as one of the greatest American interior architects by the New York Times, has hit the market for $350,000. The design has essentially remained unchanged since the apartment was featured in an early 1980s issue of Metropolitan Home, which compared the design to that of a luxury train car. According to the listing, this modest interior, packed with inventive storage, is an early example of Tihany’s world renowned hotel work (some of his commissions include the Mandarin Oriental in Vegas, the Beverly Hills Hotel, and two Four Seasons in Dubai). It’s located in the 16-unit Upper East Side co-op 223 East 78th Street, which has one more studio for sale asking $315,000.
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The Soho cooperative 57 Thompson Street is full of apartments we like: like this cozy one bedroom asking $730,000 last year, or this dreamy two bedroom that was up for rent, or this straightforward one bedroom asking $625,000 last fall. Next up is the studio apartment #5F, now on the rental market for $2,500 a month. Located on a high floor of the six-story brick building, it’s a bright, renovated space with pretty pre-war details intact and a good amount of storage for just over 200 square feet.
The bedroom nook is beyond cozy
This studio apartment at One Brooklyn Bridge Park looks straight off the set of “Mad Men.” The owner managed to pack plenty of mid-century modern design into just 589 square feet while creating an inventive layout that creates some private spaces within the apartment. Best yet, the studio comes with a big wall of windows, a common feature throughout the Brooklyn Heights development, which leads out to a private terrace. After last selling in 2013 for $672,045, the studio is now on the market asking $810,000.
Check out the creative layout
This parlor floor co-op at 135 Perry Street in the West Village is more than meets the eye: Listed as a one-bedroom for $3,500 a month, it’s configured as a studio–and according to the listing, it was once a two-bedroom. So whatever you imagine for the space, it could be a reality. Of course, you’ll have to get permission from the owner as it’s currently being offered as a rental. And we’re guessing the co-op board will need to be involved. If you leave it the way you found it, you’ll still have a stylish if somewhat linear home in a neighborhood everyone’s fighting over.
Have a loook
The right design can make a studio apartment feel larger, as this one on the market for $389,000 proves. It is located in the Upper West Side‘s Broadmoor co-op, 235 West 102nd Street. It’s been on and off the market for a few years now, asking as low as $309,000. The cozy space is aided by big windows and plenty of greenery. Prewar details like beamed ceilings and bordered hardwood floors don’t hurt, either.
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It’s not too often that you find a condominium for sale that isn’t in a new-construction building, usually sleek but generic unless it has been custom-designed. This pre-war condo studio at 940 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, surrounded by historic buildings and a growing collection of newly-minted ones, has added vintage elements like reclaimed wood shelves and wide plank floors, with the flexibility, super-low common charges and contemporary comforts of a new development. The ask is $469,000.
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