Small Wonder

A Clinton Hill studio with a fireplace, storage, and separate sleeping area, for $875,000

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner | November 12, 2019 - 10:00AM 

This Clinton Hill studio has a separate sleeping area, a fireplace, and one-and-a-half bathrooms. Citi Habitats

Studios with separate sleeping areas, a fireplace, and one-and-a-half bathrooms don’t come around every day, but this 916-square-foot Clinton Hill loft, 95 Lexington Ave., #1A, has all three, meaning it could be a great option for a couple that can’t quite handle the idea of living on top of each other in a typical (read: cramped) studio unit. It also has its own street entrance (in addition to a lobby entrance), in-unit laundry, and central HVAC.

But you’ll definitely pay for all those extras. The apartment is listed for $875,000—that’s well above the $695,000 median for a studio condo in the nabe, according to StreetEasy. It’s even above the $699,500 median for a one bedroom in the area at the moment.

The living area is sunny and bright, with arched windows, high ceilings, light-colored hardwood floors, exposed brick walls that have been painted white, an ethanol fireplace, and—in true loft fashion—exposed ductwork. It’s large enough for a good-sized seating area with an L-shaped couch, a chair, and a coffee table, and there’s still lots of room for built-in storage around the room.

The sleeping area is separated from the main living space by sliding glass doors that disappear into the wall. It can’t be considered a legal bedroom because there aren’t any windows in the room, but the glass doors will allow you to access some of the natural light streaming in through the living room windows, so things shouldn’t feel too dark in here. Like the living room, the space has exposed brick walls that have been painted white, exposed ducts, wood flooring, and floating shelves along the walls. A fan above the bed keeps air circulating—something that’s especially important in a room without windows.

The striking kitchen, which has been completely renovated, is bright, and separates the living area from the sleeping area. It has a white-and-gray marble backsplash and countertops, a dark soapstone waterfall-style island that doubles as a breakfast bar, custom birch plywood cabinetry, and open shelves. Completing the room are a built-in oven and a custom built-in fridge, which give the kitchen a seamless look.

The full bath has multi-hued stone flooring, white tiled walls, and a deep soaking tub, while the half-bath (which isn’t pictured) is currently built out as a walk-in closet.

The studio is located in Lofts on Lex, a boutique condo building with storage, an elevator, and a common roof deck. Common charges are $429 a month, and taxes are $110 a month thanks to a J-51 tax abatement in place until 2027. A storage unit is included with the apartment.


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