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A $495K Sunnyside Two-Bedroom and a Carnegie Hill Duplex With a Private Terrace

Living room with a spiral staircase.
Photo: Courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

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. 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 townhouse one-bedroom in Brooklyn Heights, a Carnegie Hill two-bedroom with a private terrace, and more.  

A Spacious Corner Two-Bedroom in Sunnyside for $495K

Michael Hnatov / PhotoHabitats.
Michael Hnatov / PhotoHabitats.

48-10 45th Street Apt. 6A — Among the lowest-priced two-bedroom apartments currently for sale in the Sunnyside/Woodside area, this unit (on the top floor of a six-story co-op about three blocks from the Queens Boulevard commercial hub) stands out with its bright and airy spaces (it’s a corner unit with lots of windows and sun) and updated kitchen and bathroom. The windowed kitchen features a two-person bar that opens up to the living room, where you could also fit a small dining table. The main bedroom has two closets and room for a work desk, while the smaller corner second bedroom has windows on two sides.

A Townhouse One-Bedroom With Oversized Windows in Brooklyn Heights for $699K

Jehovy Santiago for EmpireOptix.
Jehovy Santiago for EmpireOptix.

173 Hicks Street Apt. 4A — This one-bedroom is part of a 23-unit co-op comprising two 1800s brick townhouses at the corner of Hicks Street and Love Lane. Its almost floor-to-ceiling gridded windows look out on a block full of other brick townhouses and brownstones. There are two walls of white-painted exposed brick—in the living room, that wall is flanked by full-height built-in bookshelves. There’s counter seating in the open kitchen, plus a large space by the entrance that can fit a whole separate dining area. The bedroom has a walk-in closet (that goes almost eight feet deep) and an actually nice-looking, honey-hued wood ceiling fan, which matches the hardwood floors and woven roman shades. The building, only a three-minute walk to both the Clark Street 2/3 trains and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade entrance, comes with a common roof deck with Manhattan and harbor views.

Carnegie Hill Two-Bedroom Duplex With a Private Roof Terrace for $836K

Courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens.
Courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens.

162 East 91st Street Apt. 5B — Already one of the absolute cheapest two-bedrooms in the area, this duplex comes with a few features you wouldn’t expect for the price, like a 200-square-foot private terrace (with built-in flower boxes and plant ledges) and a second (half) bathroom on the upper level. It also has had a ton of updates, including custom touches like floor-to-ceiling built-in metal storage in the living room (with a rolling ladder for access) and a waterfall island that can fit three bar seats and a wine fridge. The kitchen also has a Bertazzoni stove, chevron tile backsplash, and hand-blown lighting fixtures from Schoolhouse. The main bedroom on the ground floor has a walk-in closet and bay window. The spiral metal staircase, which is kind of in its own nook with a window and room for a bar cart, leads up to the second bedroom, half bath, and terrace. Whole Foods is just a four-minute walk away.

Williamsburg Penthouse Duplex With 18-Foot Ceilings for $949K

Courtesy of The Corcoran Group.
Courtesy of The Corcoran Group.

223 Maujer Street Apt. 4B — Sitting just around the corner from the Grand Street L train, this 2007-built duplex is a fourth-floor walk-up, but its unusually grand spaces are worth the trek. The main living area and open kitchen have 18-foot ceilings and a ton of massive windows (30 to be exact), plus wide-plank hardwood floors throughout. Also enticing are two outdoor spaces: a balcony off the bedroom on the lower level and a 150-square-foot terrace on the upper level, which has a relatively large office, a washer/dryer, and a 9-foot-deep walk-in closet. The monthly fees are low at $405, with tax abatement through $2033.

A $495K Sunnyside Two-Bedroom and a Carnegie Hill Duplex