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A $249,000 Queens studio that could easily be converted into a one-bedroom

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This week we're traveling out to Queens for a  $249,000  co-op with high-end finishes and room to spare. In fact, looking at the photos, we're dying to put up a wall (with French doors perhaps?) and make this place into a one-bedroom -- for a little extra privacy.

We like the corner windows, but be aware that these appear to be the only windows in the apartment.

Unlike the West 57th Street studio we recently featured (that cost almost $100,000 more), this studio's bathrooms and kitchen look like they've just been updated. The kitchen, for one, has all stainless appliances, decent countertop and cabinet space and a breakfast bar. The updates may explain why it's nearly $85,000 more than the median price of co-op studios in the neighborhood (though, that's a wide chasm.)

Marble is everywhere in this bathroom, but note there's only a stall shower. If you're a bath person, you're out of luck.

One set of sliding doors opens to a pretty well-sized closet. The other, we're guessing, opens to the bathroom. One nice touch in this area of the apartment is the marble flooring. Since the living space has hardwood floors, the change of materials helps differentiate the spaces -- and could be another reason why it's far more expensive than other apartments like it.

Gerard Towers (which comprises three buildings) is within walking distance of the E, F, M and R at 71st Avenue and the Long Island Rail Road. It's cat friendly, has a doorman, gym and valet parking, which you might need since the neighborhood is pretty residential. While it's not one of the trendier neighborhoods in Queens -- like Long Island City and Hunters Point -- this studio offers high-end finishes you'd find in those neighborhood's new condos, for much less.


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