Whether used as pied-à-terres, bachelor pads or starter homes, these homes on the smaller end of the spectrum are still great studies in style, and wise investments. We picked three of our favorite bright and airy downtown homes currently on the market to show the good that can come from buying a home that doesn’t need too much maintenance.
This corner one-bedroom in Gramercy is picture perfect, with beautiful windows that let in tons of light and provide views of the Empire State Building and, closer to home, the St. Georges Church and Seminary. And it’s not a typical tiny and cramped one-bedroom apartment: The bedroom and living room are oversized, and there’s a windowed office alcove with a built-in desk, shelves, and closet. Gramercy is an ideal location, being just a short walk from everything the East Village has to offer, but still staid and quiet, offering some solitude from the more lively stretches of downtown.
Right now this duplex loft in Chelsea is set up as a one bedroom with home office, with the living room and dining area on the lower level. But the possibilities are endless. For example, a buyer could turn the upper level into a massive full-floor bedroom suite with a private balcony, something that apartments that cost twice as much typically don’t have. No matter what, it’s a great space in downtown’s trendiest neighborhood.
For style, location, and affordability in a pre-war building with brand new interiors and amenities, this studio at The Cammeyer is a great option. It’s the size of a one-bedroom apartment, but with the open layout of a studio. When you want to stretch your legs, the full-service building has a 3,600-square-foot common roof deck (ideal for the upcoming summer months) and a 24-hour gym. This studio has the same finishes as the multimillion-dollar penthouses, so there are some bragging rights included as well.