Small Wonder

An Astoria studio co-op that feels rather roomy—for well under $400,000

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner | August 1, 2017 - 10:00AM 

Forbes recently declared Astoria a “hotspot for startups.” And for a young single working absurdly long hours at one of these newly established companies, this $385,000 studio at 25-40 31st Avenue could be the perfect place to call home.

The apartment looks like it gets lots of natural light—probably at least partially thanks to a recent building-wide project that renovated all of the co-op’s windows. And since it faces Manhattan, this will be the place to be come New Year’s Eve or July 4th or any other occasion calling for fireworks.

Although the square footage isn’t provided, the unit seems rather roomy. You enter into a foyer large enough to fit an entry table. Next, you pass through an arched doorway to get to a sizeable living space that’s currently painted a warm, inviting gray, and which still has its original hardwood floors (which must have been refinished somewhat recently as they’re looking quite sparkly).

The sleeping area by the window is separated from the rest of the unit by a bookshelf displaying a host of knickknacks, making it seem like its own distinct room (except for the absence of a door that can be shut, of course).

To the right of the foyer, however, is where some problems crop up. The windowed kitchen is big enough to fit a round table, but rundown enough that it’s practically calling out for a designer’s transformative touch. The appliances are mismatched, and the white fridge and black microwave give a disjointed look to the space. The floor tiles—which are either dirty or cracked; it’s hard to tell from the picture—clearly need to be replaced. 

To the left of the kitchen there’s a bathroom, which also appears functional—if dated. The single photo depicts only the tub and pedestal sink, so it’s impossible to tell if there’s any storage space for toiletries and the like. But the space seems clean and bright, which is a plus in any room. There’s even a small window near the showerhead to help add airiness.

The unit is located on the top floor of The Concord, a pre-war co-op with some decent extras, including an elevator, a bike room, a live-in super and porter, available storage and a private courtyard and garden where building residents can grow their own herbs and vegetables. Maintenance is a tolerable $497 a month. The co-op appears to be fairly lenient, allowing both subletting and cats. But take note canine lovers: no dogs allowed.



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