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Market Research: Studio Apartments

From sanctuaries to cells, comparison shopping—one room at a time.

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100 West 58th Street, Apt. 15A: $884,000.
607-square-foot condo.
Charges and taxes: $1,077 per month.
On-site sales rep: Debby Henderson.
This apartment in the former Helmsley Windsor hotel is awash in luxury brand names, from architects (Gwathmey Siegel) to appliances (Viking stove). But even in this location at this price, you don’t get a park view: The windows face other buildings’ behinds.


305 Second Avenue, Apt. 330: $650,000.
619-square-foot condo.
Charges and taxes:
$646 per month.
On-site sales rep: Lynne Van Auken.
The building, Rutherford Place, is a 1902 maternity hospital, restored on the outside and very smartly renovated within. The studio itself is long and narrow, with three windows facing Second Avenue and a sleeping loft. Almost as big as many one-bedrooms—and priced thus, too.


2 Grove Street, Apt. 5E: $479,600.
520-square-foot co-op.
Maintenance: $586 per month.
Broker: Kelly Zisook, Citi-Habitats.
Everything’s a trade-off here. The charm of the West Village block is offset by the reality of a big school across the street. The living room is spacious, but its alcove opens into the kitchen—better for dining than for sleeping. And a dressing room eats up space, but the bathroom is a lovely Art Deco time capsule.


257 Central Park West, Apt. 3H: $329,000.
400-square-foot co-op.
Maintenance: $616 per month.
Broker: Adele Brechner, Prudential Douglas Elliman.
Location is by far the principal draw here. Otherwise, the price is kept down by small annoyances: The window in the main room has a view of rooftop mechanicals, and the “alcove” is barely big enough for a twin bed. But who can argue with living this close to the park?


55 Pineapple Street, Apt. 5F, Brooklyn Heights: $289,000.
485-square-foot co-op.
Maintenance: $500 per month.
Broker: Anthony Faulkner, Corcoran.
Feels like a spacious apartment that just happens to have one room. There’s a foyer, three closets, and a kitchen big enough for a table. Though the vista is mostly of the backs of adjacent buildings, the lucky buyer can claim a view, just barely, of the Brooklyn Bridge.


217 East 89th Street, Apt. 2D: $239,000.
400-square-foot co-op.
Maintenance: $515 per month.
Broker: Helen Arden, Prudential Douglas Elliman.
They don’t get more basic than this: a run-down box on the third floor of a turn-of-the-century walkup. Beat-up louvered doors separate the kitchen and bathroom from the living room; the latter has two south-facing windows, which let in a lot of sun.


120 Bennett Avenue, Apt. 1J: $165,000.
330-square-foot co-op.
Maintenance: $468 per month.
Broker: Joe Montagna, Simone Song Properties.
It’s small, but this studio near 187th Street has as much thirties character as anything in the Village—raised living room, arched entry, bookshelves. Drawbacks: It’s right off the lobby, and the little windows make it feel tight. And you’re 200 blocks from downtown.


6291 Broadway, Apt. 1A, Riverdale: $75,000.
425-square-foot co-op.
Maintenance: $424 per month.
Broker: David Feldman, Citi-Habitats.
It’s near Van Cortlandt Park and it’s dirt cheap. That’s most of what you can say about this dingy ground-floor studio with linoleum floors and old carpeting, plus a cheapo kitchen that evokes the early eighties. Feels like the kind of place you’d hide your grandma.


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