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Three of a Kind: Compact Cool

Uncategorized // Sep 26, 2012

While everyone loves sprawling, multi-million dollar apartments, sometimes a smaller pad is in order. These three studios offer less space, but no less style, than their more expensive counterparts. Perfect for young professionals or beleaguered commuters looking for a break, these three flats are places to be proud of, without breaking the bank.

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Where: 2 Northside Piers, 14D
Size: studio, 1 bathroom
Asking: $625,000
Listed by: Ralph Modica

With gleaming hardwood, a wall of windows, river views, and a location in one of New York’s most happening neighborhoods, this studio at Williamsburg’s 2 Northside Piers is one of the most desirable small spaces in Brooklyn. The unit itself measures 603 square feet, with a layout that promotes distinct sleeping and living areas. Off the alcove lies a thoroughly up-to-date master bath, flanked by a pair of spacious closets. The kitchen, which opens to the living area with a convenient counter for dining, features top-of-the-line appliances like a Bosch dishwasher and Sub-Zero fridge.

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Where: 1280 Fifth Avenue, 11E
Size: studio, 1 bathroom
Asking: $725,000
Listed by: One Museum Mile

Two of architect Robert A.M. Stern’s recent buildings have gone on to blockbuster status, setting sales and resales records along the way, but neither 15 Central Park West nor Superior Ink can boast a world-class museum within the building. That’s a claim unique to Stern’s One Museum Mile, which will house the Museum for African Art on its lower floors. Smaller apartments here can be had for well under a million dollars. This 828-square-foot studio functions more like a one-bedroom, if the home office is given over to a sleeping area, leaving the living and dining area free for gracious entertaining. Building amenities include a 24-hour doorman, gym, children’s playroom, in-building parking, park-view roof deck, and swimming pool.

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Where: 5-09 48th Avenue, 6L
Size: studio, 1 bathroom
Asking: $499,000
Listed by: Jarrod Guy Randolph

Bargain hunters in search of an up-and-coming neighborhood have been flocking to Long Island City lately for its easy access to Midtown—10 minutes on the 7 train to Grand Central—stunning skyline views, ample park space, and cultural attractions like MoMA PS1. This studio is compact, certainly, but the building’s public spaces and amenities make it feel much larger. The building has two outdoor spaces, a garden and a roof deck, a parking garage, a fitness center, playroom for the kids, and a bike room. High-quality finishes help to distinguish this studio from its competition. The floors are maple hardwood, kitchen appliances are by Bosch and Liebherr, and there’s even an in-unit washer/dryer tucked away in the hall closet.