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This luxury downtown Brooklyn studio comes with views of Lower Manhattan

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First-time buyers looking for options among downtown Brooklyn's numerous condo projects should check out this $535,000 studio at Toren Condominium, a high-end building with extras like 24-hour concierge service' a fitness center with skylights, a heated indoor pool, and saunas; a landscaped bi-level rooftop garden; and a 25-year tax abatement.

As for the apartment itself, it has floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in plenty of natural light, as well as Brazilian walnut floors, high ceilings, and top-shelf new appliances. We also like the custom cabinetry that blends appliances like the refrigerator seamlessly into the open chef's kitchen.

There's an in-unit washer and dryer (not pictured), multiple closets, and a "spa inspired" bathroom with granite finishes.

The views are a major selling point, with windows looking out across the river and into the lower Manhattan skyline. The only cavet is that this is an option probably best suited for a buyer who plans to live on-site, rather than use it as an investment property.

While the building seems to be fine with sublets or investments, with the glut of new rentals in construction-heavy neighborhoods like Downtown Brooklyn, shopping around for a potential tenant may be a longer process than most buyers would prefer.