Small Wonder

A smart-looking Chelsea studio with lots of closet space asks $600,000

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner | May 1, 2018 - 10:00AM 

This finishes are well-coordinated, which is important since you can see the kitchen from the living room.


With a chic sunken living space, three closets, and a sleeping alcove with a sliding door (making it feel like a real bedroom), this studio at 200 West 20th St. in Chelsea has lots of pluses. It’s listed for $599,000.

This apartment, #705, is in the Kensington House, a pet-friendly prewar Art Deco co-op building designed by famed architect Emery Roth.

You enter the unit through a narrow foyer that’s currently being used as a dining area. There looks to be just enough room for a long, slim table where you can sit and enjoy a meal. If that's too tight a squeeze for your taste, you could put a simple console table into this space instead.

The kitchen was renovated recently and looks tidy. It has a decent amount of blond-wood cabinets and drawers (although there’d be much more storage space if those cupboards went all the way up to the ceiling), and stainless steel appliances (including a dishwasher!). But chef types should think twice before moving in here as there looks to be only a cooktop and a microwave, no oven. There isn’t a whole lot of counter space, either.

The white walls, high, beamed ceilings, and large windows in the sunken living room combine to create an airy openness. The room is pretty big, and is staged with a large sectional, a coffee table, and a TV stand. The blond-wood floors match up with the cabinets in the kitchen—which is especially important since you can easily see them through the pass-through window.

Two coat closets finish off the area.

Just off the living room is the sleeping alcove, which is separated from the living room by a sliding door (which is great) as well as a window-sized opening (which is a bit odd). It’s big—with enough room for what looks to be at least a full-sized bed, as well as a nightstand. There’s also another large closet on the other side of the room. A ceiling fan/light does double duty lighting the room and circulating air—probably very necessary since there doesn’t look to be any place to put an air-conditioner.

The door, which resembles plantation shutters, definitely makes a statement, especially when compared to the hollow-core closet doors often seen in Manhattan apartments.

The bathroom is nice, if a bit monochromatic, with white absolutely everywhere, including the wall tiles and the vanity. The room could benefit from a splash of color—a blue-green border around the wall, a wood-grain vanity, or even a funky light fixture. That vanity looks to be a decent size, offering a fair amount of storage space.

The building has a 24-hour doorman, two elevators, a live-in super, a central laundry room, and a shared roof deck that looks out at the Empire State Building. Maintenance is $1,146 a month.



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