under a million

A $525K NoMad Studio and a Boerum Hill Two-Bedroom with a Multi-Level Backyard

Living room with a bay window, fireplace, and built-in bookshelves.
Photo: Brown Harris Stevens

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: an Upper West Side studio with gold tin ceilings, a Boerum Hill two-bedroom with a three-tiered backyard, and more.

A NoMad Studio with an Especially Large Kitchen for $525K

Ben Fitchett.
Ben Fitchett.

284 Fifth Avenue Apt. 7C — This seventh-floor studio comes with a couple of particularly covetable studio amenities: a walk-in closet and an eat-in kitchen separated by an arched doorway. Measuring over ten by 14 feet, the kitchen has yellow accent walls, stainless-steel appliances (including a dishwasher), backlit glass-fronted cabinets that reach the ceilings, and a pantry. The living area is similarly spacious at almost 17 feet deep and has a decorative fireplace in one corner. While this intersection — Fifth Avenue and West 30th Street — is a bit commercial, The Wilbraham, a landmarked 1890 Romanesque Revival–style building, has a genuinely stunning lobby with tons of original molding, a cast-iron staircase, and hand-painted wall murals.

A Jewel-Toned Upper West Side Studio With A Balcony for $575K

Ryan Garson.
Ryan Garson.

255 West 95th Street Apt. 4D — Just a two-minute walk from the 96th Street 1/2/3 trains (and a four-minute walk from Riverside Park), this co-op studio is unusually colorful: It has got a wood-burning fireplace with a brick-red mantel against an inky-blue accent wall, some scarlet backsplash tiles in the renovated galley kitchen, and, most notably, intricate gold tin ceilings overhead (further bedazzled with a crystal ceiling light). There are windows on two sides of the unit (including one in the bathroom) plus a glass door that leads to a private balcony, which is small but fits a patio set for two (the building also has a roof terrace with planters, seating, and a large patio umbrella). Maintenance is relatively low at $684 a month.

A Prospect Park South Two-Bedroom in a Landmark Co-Op for $795K

Brown Harris Stevens.
Brown Harris Stevens.

1409 Albermarle Road Apt. 5D — You’ll find this 900-square-foot two-bedroom in the only apartment building on a lovely stretch of Albermarle Road marked by huge Victorian homes and a wide tree-lined median. The landmarked elevator building has pretty decent curb appeal itself, with a landscaped brick-paved entrance surrounded by trees leading to a two-columned white portico. There are some charming original details in the corner unit, including crown and chair rail moldings and two arched recessed shelves (each with carved framing and a cabinet at the base) flanking the decorative fireplace. The newly renovated windowed kitchen comes with butcher-block countertops, white cabinets, and a tan backsplash, plus some extra storage and counter space that extend out to the dining area.

A Boerum Hill Two-Bedroom With a Huge Private Backyard for $949K

Brown Harris Stevens.
Brown Harris Stevens.

89 Dean Street Apt. 1 — One of the lowest-priced two-bedrooms in the neighborhood, this brownstone garden apartment (right next to P.S. 261) also stands out with its plentiful beamed ceilings and a 850-square-foot three-tiered backyard, which includes a brick patio, a lawned area with roses and hydrangeas, and a windowed storage shed. There are multiple exposed brick walls inside, a working fireplace in the living room, another working fireplace (and a cedar-lined walk-in closet) in the main bedroom, and a marble-filled bathroom. The listed monthly taxes — $743 — actually lowers to $613 if the unit will be used as a primary residence.

A $525K NoMad Studio and a Boerum Hill Two-Bedroom