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This $449,000 Hell's Kitchen studio comes with access to a gorgeous, New Orleans-esque courtyard


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This $449,000 Hell’s Kitchen studio co-op at 420 West 46th St. seems small, but it has a lot to offer, including a working wood-burning fireplace, an exposed brick wall, 10-foot ceilings, and most notably, access via a hidden courtyard that seems a world removed from the Manhattan bustle.

The unit, which seems to be on the ground level, has enough space in the living area for a couch and a coffee table next to the aforementioned fireplace, as well as a slender TV stand.

There's what looks like built-in shelving, a ceiling fan, and three windows along one wall of the main space.

There’s also what looks to be a full-sized bed in here. A Murphy bed might be a better choice as it’ll give the unit’s occupant a bit more space to make use of the room during the day. 

The small kitchen looks neat and tidy, but it probably helps that little actual cooking goes on here. There’s an electric range, a microwave and a mini-fridge, but no oven. This is the kitchen of a take-out devotee. What's described as a breakfast nook is really just the space between the counter and the living area, large enough for a narrow table with one chair, or two if you don't mind bumping elbows.

The bathroom has glass shower doors and a wooden vanity. The pink floors and the floral border above the mirror might prompt some buyers to consider a renovation. But if that’s the only issue with the bathroom, it might be easier (read: cheaper) to learn to live with it. Less easily remedied is the lack of windows in the bathroom.

The unit is in a pet-friendly prewar building that has a shared laundry room and allows 90 percent financing (meaning you'd only have to put around $49,000 down).

In warmer weather, the living area extends into the lush courtyard, Clinton Court, across which is an evocative 19th-century carriage house that is among the oldest buildings in the area. Ivy adorns the surrounding walls, and the chairs and benches are shared by the buildings' residents.

The co-op building entrance is accessed by an alleyway that opens into this unique space, giving residents a sense of being keepers of a grand secret.

Maintenance is $640 a month.



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