Small Wonder

This Brooklyn Heights studio almost feels like a one bedroom

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner  | March 20, 2018 - 9:00AM

There are no windows in the living area, but you can leave the French doors to the sleeping area open to get some extra light.


Sliding doors separate the sleeping area from the living space in this 12th-floor Brooklyn Heights studio, #12M at 85 Livingston St., making it feel like a real one bedroom. It’s listed for $425,000 but if you have an extra $500,000 lying around, you can combine it with this neighboring studio to create a two-bedroom, two-bath co-op, though you'd have to research the building rules and whether there's precedent.

That sleeping area looks to be a good size, and the sliding doors have frosted glass, so sunlight makes it to the center of the apartment even though the main living space lacks windows.


The living space is also pretty for a studio. It has room for a TV area with a couch, a few bookcases, and a desk. There are light-colored wood floors.


The kitchen appears to be on the small side, but all the basics are there plus a dishwasher (which isn’t always a given in a studio), a built-in microwave, and an eye-catching tiled backsplash. There isn’t a lot of cabinet space, but there's a pegboard where you can hang pots and pans.


The renovated bathroom looks bright and neat, with a push-button toilet, pretty gray-green tiles on the wall, a large vanity, glass shelves and a sliding glass door enclosing the tub.


The studio is in a pet-friendly co-op building with a 24-hour doorman, a live-in super, a card-operated laundry room in the basement, discounted cable, and a separate parking garage. There’s also storage and a bike room—both are available for a fee and currently have waiting lists. Co-purchasing, gifts, and guarantors are allowed. A hallway renovation project was recently  completed. Maintenance is $682 a month and utilities are included.

The building is around the corner from Sephora, Starbucks, and SoulCycle, and just three blocks from Trader Joe’s. The neighborhood is served by nine subway lines, so getting into Manhattan is relatively easy.



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