Condo pick of the week

A Hudson Heights well-lived condo with three bedrooms, for $879,000

Unstaged listing photos sometimes give a better idea of how your life might fit within an apartment's walls. Corcoran

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Staging an apartment is a popular choice if you want to move a property in today’s sluggish market. This condo, 736 West 187 St. #509., might benefit from the keen eye of a staging company, but without it, a buyer can easily determine how another family has used the space. 

This real-life snapshot can sometimes give a better idea of how your life might fit within an apartment's walls. If there are pans on top of the fridge, what does that say about the cabinet space in the kitchen? In this case, it might just indicate a kitchen that's put to use frequently. The maple wood cabinetry is certainly practical, as is the granite countertop. The kitchen is equipped with GE appliances, a microwave, and a dishwasher.

The entry opens into the kitchen/living room with windows facing west, which allows for good evening and afternoon sunlight. There is currently no median figure for a three-bedroom apartment in Hudson Heights. The asking price of $879,000 works out at $741 per square foot, and a similar three-bedroom apartment in the same building changed hands two months ago for $949,000.

There are hardwood floors throughout the apartment, and HVAC units in every room. The two smaller bedrooms are identical in size, and the master has two spacious closets, but no en-suite bathroom. All the bedrooms have west-facing windows. 

Both bathrooms have tubs with shower fixtures. The finish is classic subway tile. 

The condo has an in-unit washer/dryer directly opposite the kitchen. The layout suggests plenty of closet space as well as some versatility in the living/dining area.

The Bennett Condominium complex is seven stories and was built in 2005. The building is pet-friendly and allows cats and dogs, has a live-in superintendent, and a part-time doorman. There's an elevator plus a shared roof deck for a better vantage on this hilly neighborhood. There's also a courtyard as well as parking, a gym, a bike room, and storage space. 

Monthly maintenance fees are $876 with $66 in taxes, and there's an opportunity for savings thanks to a tax abatement on the property until 2030. 

Transit options include the 1 and A trains as well as M100, M4, and Bx7 bus lines. An open house is taking place this Sunday, Dec. 2 from noon to 1:30 p.m.