Over the past few weeks, we have noticed a rush of studio apartments to hit the Manhattan market. So we decided to take a look and came up with our six favorite studios for less than $600K. Each home (or pieds-a-terre) offers something special; we doubt if any of them will be available for too long.
Chelsea, 250 West 15th Street, Apt. 6-E
Fully furnished and ready to go. This recently renovated alcove studio measures about 550 square feet and offers plentiful light and an open north-facing view. Look beyond the ivy-covered townhomes across the way and you can see the spire of the Empire State Building.
This oversized studio sits on the top floor of a small pre-war building in the heart of Chelsea. It features a contemporary renovation with clean lines and some practical shelving systems.
The focal point of the main room is the decorative fireplace and the grey brick facing. Other features include dark plank floors, custom overhead lighting, and an overhead sliding door system that can close off the sleeping area. There is even a large skylight above the alcove.
The full-sized kitchen is tucked into the corner of the apartment; it features high-end stainless steel appliances and sleek lacquered cabinetry.
250 West 17th Street is a co-op building with 57 apartments across its six floors. The building offers a video intercom, bike and common storage, a garden, and a laundry room. Pieds-a-Terre are allowed with board approval.
Upper West Side, 324 West 89th Street, Apt. 2-A
This townhouse beauty is located on a classic Upper West Side block between Broadway and Riverside Drive. The park is just outside your front door; turn your neck to the left and you can practically see the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
This charming second-floor apartment offers a host of pre-war details and some clever built-ins to maximize the use of the space. Situated on the parlor floor, the residence enjoys 10-foot ceilings and an oversized bay window across the front of the residence. Additional details include a restored decorative fireplace with a full mantle, crown moldings, custom wooden shutters, and rustic wood flooring.
The living area (18’5” x 20’2”) allows for a sleeping alcove as well as a perfect dining area in front of the bay window. While the alcove isn’t a traditional alcove, it does offer some space for the bed to be tucked away from the living area.
Just to the side of the window a built-in desk and a floating bookcase create the perfect work from home set-up. Additional storage builtins can be found above the bed and across one entire wall of the home. There is a small walk-in closet as well.
The kitchen, which has been smartly remodeled, features granite countertops, a double sink, a tiled backsplash and stainless steel appliances.
The townhouse has 10 apartments, two per floor. The co-op allows pieds-a-terre pending board approval.
Lincoln Square, 180 West End Avenue, Apt. 19-P
This high-floor Lincoln Square apartment offers open views and tons of light through a series of beautiful casement windows. We couldn’t peel our eyes away.
But light and views are only part of the package with this oversized Lincoln Towers alcove studio. A clever design segments this home into separate areas for relaxing, dining, working and sleeping. There is even a baby grand sitting along one wall. This certainly doesn’t feel like a studio.
Lincoln Towers is a large multi-building complex that occupies several blocks on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. It is well known for its sense of community and its generously sized apartments.
Apartment 19-P is an exercise in smart urban design. There is even a vertical bike rack that cleanly fits two folding bikes. A pair of custom-fitted sliding screen doors on either side of the room hide the home office and the bedroom area. A floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelf lines one entire wall of the living room. It’s a book lover’s paradise; it might take a lifetime to fill the shelves.
The newly renovated galley-style kitchen offers a suite of stainless steel appliances, granite countertop and backsplash.
Lincoln Towers was built in the early 1960s and was converted to co-operative ownership in 1987, the largest such conversion of its time. 180 West End Avenue is a full-service building that rises 29 floors and contains about 450 apartments. It offers a wide array of indoor and outdoor amenities for residents. The complex is located just a few blocks from Lincoln Center and Riverside Park. Pieds-a-Terre are permitted.
Gramercy Park, 310 East 23rd Street, Apt. 2-H
A recent renovation and a host of really cool space-saving built-ins draws us into this Gramercy Park beauty.
This modern sun-filled studio features 11-foot ceilings, recessed lighting, wide-plank flooring, oversized windows and clean lines throughout.
The open kitchen boasts a smart minimalist design and features solid white oak cabinetry and a suite of high-end appliances. The Liebherr refrigerator is even integrated into the cabinetry. A custom waterfall breakfast bar allows for seating for two.
Floor-to-ceiling white oak closets offer ample storage and lead the way down an extended hallway to the bathroom. This Zen-like bath features a deep Japanese soaking tub, a rain shower head, a floating vanity and mosaic wall tiles.
310 East 23rd Street, aka The Foundry, is a converted factory building located on East 23rd Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue. The co-op is comprised of two buildings that total about 135 apartments across 12 floors. Amenities include: Bike storage, laundry room, roof deck with grilling area. Pieds-a-Terre are welcome.
Chelsea, 200 West 20th Street, Apt. 1509
Pre-war art-deco by the master himself, Emery Roth, draws our attention to this Chelsea residence at Kensington House.
This spectacular co-op studio has all the cache and elegance of a Park Avenue residence, just not the size. There is a formal gallery entrance, wrought iron railings, beamed ceilings and a step-down living area.
Tucked along the back wall is a decorative mirrored cabinet that doubles as a foldout Murphy Bed. The entry gallery easily doubles as a dining area. The windowed galley-style kitchen has recently been renovated and boasts a suite of high-end appliances and a bold-colored subway tile backsplash.
Kensington House is located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in the heart of Chelsea. The co-op offers a full-time doorman as well as a common roof deck with city views, package room and laundry room. Pieds-a-terre are allowed.
Upper East Side, 515 East 85th Street, Apt. 1-G
Anyone for Sunday brunch in your own private garden? Well, this elegant ground-floor studio offers a huge outdoor space (25’6’x18’10”) just outside your back door. Entertain or just relax on your own; this is a sanctuary worth considering.
The apartment’s smart configuration boasts a large living space that includes separate areas for sleeping, dining and sitting. The rear wall of the residence brings in the light with two windows and a center glass door. The door leads to the garden space; you may never want to close it.
The pass-through kitchen is a thing of beauty. It features marble countertops, high-end appliances, track lighting and custom cabinetry with glass-paned doors. There is barstool seating just outside the pass-through window.
Beamed ceilings, designer lighting, hardwood floors and custom closets complete this beautiful studio.
515 East 85th Street is a post-war co-op that rises 13 floors and contains 82 apartments. The building is located between York Avenue and East End Avenue, just steps from Carl Schurz Park and the East River Promenade. Amenities in this full-service building include a full-time doorman, laundry room, storage and a garage (fees apply). Pieds-a-Terre are welcome.