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A Sneaky Two-Bedroom in Hudson Heights for $725,000

A photo of the west-facing living room at 116 Pinehurt Avenue, in Hudson Heights, as shown in the listing. A terrace off this room has Hudson River views. Photo: Compass

For under a million dollars, 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. We’re combing the market for particularly spacious, nicely renovated, or otherwise worth-a-look apartments at various six-digit price points. 

Coming up: an elegant prewar one-bedroom in Hudson Heights and a Midtown South studio with an extremely dramatic arched window.

A Hudson Heights one-bedroom for $725,000

116 Pinehurst Avenue #J41

The kitchen in this Hudson Heights apartment, as shown in the listing photos, has been renovated. The apartment faces north and west. Photo: Compass

This pretty prewar co-op is listed as a one-bedroom, but it’s really a two-bed — there’s even a foyer with a built-in bookcase and a separate dining room. It appears that the “real” two-beds in Hudson View Gardens, the 1920s hillside complex where this apartment is located, have a few hundred more square feet and even more gracious layouts. But this unit is plenty gracious: In addition to a separate, renovated kitchen, there are also four big closets and a west-facing terrace off the living room with Hudson River views. The $1,510 monthly maintenance includes gas, electric, and mail delivered right to your door.

An ornate two-bedroom in Beechhurst for $680,888

166-25 Powell Cove Boulevard, #19G

The living room in this Beechhurst two-bedroom, as shown in listing photos, is large enough to accommodate a couch, a love seat, and a grand piano. Photo: Lovett Realty NYC

Located right by the Throgs Neck Bridge in Queens, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in a 1960s co-op is undeniably over the top. Yes, some of it is just the current occupants’ opulent décor — a bedroom with seafoam-green walls and a matching Louis XIV–style wall-mounted headboard with drapes — but the mirrored walls (and mirrored bathroom fixtures), will likely stay behind. The living room is large enough to hold a full-size couch, a love seat, and a grand piano, poised before windows with sweeping views. And the apartment is located in a gated community with a heated pool, gym, and rec room.

A Midtown South studio with a striking window for $745,000

159 Madison Avenue, #2H

This loftlike junior one-bedroom turned studio, as shown in listing photos, has high ceilings and a dramatic window with sound-dampening glass. Photo: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

This loft-style studio was once a junior one-bedroom, before the alcove and living room were combined into one big space lit by a huge arched window with a bank of built-in cabinets beneath it. Located in a full-service, pet-friendly building, the apartment has 11-foot-6-high beamed ceilings, custom blinds, hardwood floors, and a sleek open kitchen with marble countertops and high-end appliances (Liebherr, Bertazzoni, Bosch).

An Greenwich Village studio for $720,000

250 Mercer Street, #B1207

This studio, as shown in listing photos, has a lofted sleeping area, accessed not, as so many sleeping lofts are, via ladder but by a real, non-twisting staircase. Photo: Zachary Scott

This 650-square apartment looks much grander than it is, thanks to high beamed ceilings, big east-facing windows, and a sleeping loft, accessed via a real staircase that you wouldn’t be afraid to climb drunk. Plus, there are hardwood floors and lots of built-in storage, including two Murphy tables for entertaining. It’s also on a high floor of a full-service prewar co-op with a roof deck.

A Sneaky Two-Bedroom in Hudson Heights for $725,000