For under $1 million, one can find all sorts of housing configurations: park- and subway-adjacent studios, one-bedrooms hidden in carriage houses or former shoe factories, and even the occasional true two-bedroom. With price drops rampant across Manhattan and vacancies high citywide, we’re combing the market for particularly spacious, nicely renovated, or otherwise worth-a-look apartments at various six-digit price points. This week: a spacious Upper East Side alcove studio, a Park Slope two-bedroom with a working fireplace, and more.
A Big Alcove Studio on the Upper East Side for $369K
311 East 71st Street Apt. 5D — Just around the corner from the 72nd Street Q train, this fifth-floor studio easily fits a bed and sectional sofa, plus a separate dining area or home office in the alcove. Windows fill almost the entire southeast-facing wall (under which are some discreet-but-handsome built-in bookshelves). The kitchen is relatively updated (with white cabinets and stainless-steel appliances, dishwasher included) and has two entrances, both with white double-shutter doors (another recent D-line listing shows how one doorway can be enclosed to create a more private alcove suitable for a bed). There are three large closets by the entryway and another smaller closet right outside the (subway tile–filled) bathroom.
A Soho Studio With a Huge White Brick Wall for $549K
143 Sullivan Street Apt. 4 — This co-op unit, currently the cheapest studio in Soho (that’s not a condo hotel), has over ten-foot high ceilings, two tall windows, a decorative fireplace, and a white-painted brick wall stretching across the 21-foot-long living space (that’s enough depth to slightly separate the sleeping area from the kitchen and dining area). You’ll find blue-gray cabinets in the kitchen and a small corner nook with recessed shelves, the lowest of which could serve as an (admittedly pretty tight) desk. There are two large closets by the marble bathroom, which has radiant heated floors. The apartment also comes with access to a fairly large backyard garden with patio sets and ivy-covered walls.
An Upper West Side Triplex With a Private Roof Terrace for $950K
131 West 78th Street Apt. 6 — This top-floor townhouse apartment near the natural history museum is a rare triplex: there’s an all-white kitchen, breakfast bar, and half bath on the first level, a pretty living and dining room (with 11-foot ceilings, five arched windows, built-in bookshelves, and a brick fireplace) on the second level, and a bedroom, full bathroom, and clerestory windows on the third level (technically a lofted area that’s open to the living area below). The bedroom also has stairs up to a large private terrace. This townhouse bookends a row of six 1886 buildings (designed by Rafael Guastavino) that have striking Moorish-inspired red-brick façades with copious white accents, including arches, small columns, and banding.
A Park Slope Two-Bedroom With a Functional Fireplace for $990K
134 Lincoln Place Apt. 3 — Priced on the lower end of two-bedrooms in the area (with a low monthly maintenance of $637 as well), this brownstone apartment comes with 10-foot ceilings and a bunch of lovely details, including: a bay window, a working fireplace (with a white mantel and square black tiles), extensive crown molding, and white shutters on both windows in the main bedroom. The kitchen has black granite countertops, a Bertazzoni range, and a sliver of extra cabinet and counter space with a stainless steel pot rack above. In addition to five closets (one of them a walk-in in the main bedroom), there’s a wall of white built-in shelves and cabinets in the second bedroom, plus roughly 200 square feet in private basement storage. The building sits in the center of North Slope, about a five-minute walk from Fifth Avenue, the Bergen Avenue B/Q trains, and the Grand Army Plaza 2/3 trains.