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A touch of London in Kips Bay -- for $2,700 a month

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We've always been intrigued by Penny Lane, the Kips Bay building on 24th between Second and Third avenues with a lobby that's meant to resemble old-fashioned London. (Is it kitschy? Is it a statement?) And this $2,700 a month studio grabbed our attention because it's almost all windows, but not in that brand-new, all-glass building sort of way.

The lobby at Penny Lane. One potential downside to living in a building called Penny Lane: having that Beatles song stuck in your head 24-7.

Though they're on the smaller side, the kitchen and bathroom look recently updated, and the kitchen's got an updated (and big!) fridge.

The building has a doorman, plus laundry on every floor, a storage room, bike room, and a shared roof deck.

But with 700 square feet of private outdoor space we doubt you'd ever use the shared common space anyway. This terrace seems to nearly double the amount of living space in the apartment!

We say throw on a jacket and host a Halloween party out here.

Yes, it's starting to get chillier, but imagine how nice it would be to spend the winter daydreaming about all the warm-weather parties you'll have. Plu,s the snow will look rather pristine out the window, we'd bet.

Keep in mind that this apartment might take a while to actually snag. Since it's in a co-op, you'll need board approval and strong financials.


How do I find a studio that doesn't feel like a jail cell?

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