Can't See the Apartment for the Carpet

It's not every day you'll find a respectably sized two-bedroom in the West Village for less than a million. Even after a recent price cut brought this 1,100-square-foot co-op at 165 Christopher Street down to $999,000 (meaning the buyer is exempt from the one-percent mansion tax), it's still available. After six weeks on the market, could the deep magenta carpet be to blame? It does distract from the ample light and sensible layout. If you can ignore what's underfoot — not to mention a few super-bright walls — you might be able to see the space for what it is: the downtown aerie you've always wanted. —S. Jhoanna Robledo