Tiny Apartments

Cool Listings, Gramercy Park

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

This Gramercy studio is just about 230 square feet, but it’s been designed with an intelligence and sophistication that makes the tiny footprint seem less obvious or obstructive. And when you factor in that it comes with a coveted key to Gramercy Park for its $395,000 price tag, it’s even better. The apartment is located at the 38 Gramercy Park East co-op and boasts 11-foot ceilings, mirrored walls, and a renovated kitchen and bathroom.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Photos courtesy of Warburg Realty

The gorgeous recessed windows at this co-op completely transform the small space and set the stage for its vintage-y decor. Located at 322 West 88th Street, the one-bedroom is currently on the market for $595,000. And though there’s not a ton of square footage, it’s in the heart of the Upper West Side and is full of pre-war charm.

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Cool Listings, Upper East Side, yorkville

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

It’s not rare for an Upper East Side studio to be priced in the low six-digits, but an ask of $320,000 definitely made us do a doubletake. Located at 331 East 92nd Street, the petite pad is modern, cheerful, and perfectly laid out so you don’t feel closed off in one room. Plus, the Yorkville neighborhood is one of the best for convenience and a young-but-not-too-young scene.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

352 West 12th Street, Wee cottage, cool listings

Photos by Zio and Sons courtesy of Halstead

6sqft previously featured this unique West Village studio for its clever design in 2014, when its owners, Jourdan Lawlor and Tobin Ludwig, who bought the charming co-op for a mere $270,000, transformed the 242-square-foot pied-a-terre at 352 West 12th Street into a marvel of brilliant design and space-optimizing solutions. The pair dubbed it “The Wee Cottage” and invested in a renovation that became the stuff of micro-apartment legend (Refinery29 named it the Coolest Tiny Apartment in NYC, and it’s an Instagram favorite). After a spin as a rental, they put their mini-masterpiece on the market last year for $500,000. Now its price has gotten a wee bit smaller, currently asking $429,000 (h/t Curbed).

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Listing photo courtesy of Citi Habitats

For some reason, the Upper West Side is a hotbed for ridiculously small and semi-uninhabitable apartments, but this “studio” at 276 West 71st Street by far takes the cake (h/t Reddit). At first glance, the SRO could easily be mistaken for a prison cell, but in fact, the 49-square-foot (yes, you read that right) apartment is asking $510/month plus a 15 percent broker’s fee. Beware of the sticky NYC summers, though; as the listing generously divulges, “No Air conditioners are allowed. You can only use a fan.”

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

Photo by Christopher Testani for LifeEdited

When eco-conscious architect and entrepreneur Graham Hill listed his famously tiny 420-square-foot apartment in Soho, we thought a unit couldn’t get any smaller. But Hill has done it again, listing another micro apartment at 150 Sullivan Street for $750,000. The itty-bitty digs, dubbed LifeEdited 2, measures just 350 square feet but manages to seat 10 for dinner, host two guests and have space for a home office.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

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.

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Cool Listings, Quirky Homes, Upper West Side 

For such a stereotypically well-off and elegant neighborhood, the Upper West Side certainly has its share of much-less-than-glamorous listings. A couple months ago, we featured a 68-square-foot (yes, you read that right) SRO with a communal bathroom that was asking a whopping $950 a month. Now, a similarly dismal pad has hit the market asking $1,000 a month (h/t Brick Underground)! Though the listing doesn’t reveal its square footage, it does make sure to specify, “this is not a studio it is a single room” and that it has a shared bathroom. But it also is quick to gloat that the “dorm-style” home comes with a mini fridge and hot plate.

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Cool Listings, Quirky Homes, Upper West Side 

There is perhaps no greater testament to New York City’s appeal than the abundance of itty bitty, overpriced apartments in appealing neighborhoods. And this Upper West Side residence might just take the cake. The lister of the SRO at 148 West 70th Street at least appreciates how ridiculous the setup is. The apartment, located an avenue and a half from Central Park, is a measly 68 square feet – “yup you read that right,” the listing reads. A fifth-floor walkup in a brownstone with a communal bathroom, the apartment is renting for a whopping $950/month.

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Architecture, Design

Bureau V, MINI Living Urban Cabin, MINI Living NYC, A/D/O Greenpoint

Photos by Frank Oudeman/OTTO

MINI has been working for the past couple years to expand its purview from tiny cars to tiny homes. Their endeavor began with a micro-living concept to address a lack of attractive, affordable housing in urban settings, and they’ve now expanded on this idea with an even more compact and personal model. First revealed at last month’s London Design Week, the MINI Living Urban Cabin “fuses clever use of space with insights from local architects to create an area and structure suited for their city.” British architect Sam Jacob was inspired by London’s decline in libraries, but here in NYC, Greenwich Village-based firm Bureau V responded to larger global issues and based their design around New York’s history as an immigrant city.

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