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A movable breakfast bar spruces up this $325,000 Downtown Brooklyn studio

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Smart design is important in all New York apartments, but in studios—where you're usually living in one rectangular room—it's even more crucial to wring as much use as possible from the space you have. That's why this Downtown Brooklyn co-op studio, asking $325,000, grabbed our attention.

First, the ingenious kitchen: Though it's not large, it maximizes storage with upper and lower cabinets (including one for wine bottles) and full-sized appliances, including a dishwasher. Even better, the butcher-block counter offers more surface area for prep and dining, and it's on wheels—perfect for tucking away if you're entertaining or putting to use elsewhere in the apartment. (The listing highlights the butcher-block counter, so we're hoping the seller plans to include it with the sale.)

Moving along to the rest of the apartment, you'll find a ton more built-ins, including an area by the front door and under the TV. The one thing that's slightly deceptive about these photos is the lack of a bed anywhere in the apartment. We're guessing it's a Murphy bed folded up into the large, grey cabinet (see the main photo, above), but if you don't have this kind of set-up, the place could get tight. The living room is only 12.6 feet wide. 

Still, it has four closets, including a linen closet, which will help keep clutter at bay. 

The bathroom is small, simple and sleek, a lot like the rest of the apartment.

(Photo credit: CityRealty)

Known as Concord Village, the building at 230 Jay Street, between High and Tillary, has landscaped grounds with sitting areas and a dog run (a welcome perk for those times when you need to get out of your studio).The pet-friendly, elevator building also has a 24-hour doorman, shared roof deck, gym, bike storage, laundry room and a parking garage (with a wait list).

And the price seems pretty standard, too, since, according to StreetEasy, comparable apartments in the area sold for an average of $311,000 over the last 90 days.


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