Small Wonder

A Downtown Brooklyn studio you can likely convert into a one bedroom

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner  | March 5, 2019 - 9:00AM

Changing an apartment layout would require working with an architect and getting a new C of O. 


At 615 square feet, this Downtown Brooklyn studio, 306 Gold St., #30B, isn’t huge, but it has lots of windows, high ceilings, and a sleeping area that is likely big enough to be converted into a legal one bedroom, if you follow the city's rules for changing an apartment layout.

It’s listed for $799,000, which sounds high for a studio, but it’s well under the $944,500 median for a one-bedroom condo in the neighborhood, according to StreetEasy, which means it’s a bargain if you intend to convert it—especially since it’s in an amenity-rich building in a sought-after area.

The apartment also has a washer/dryer off the kitchen, central air conditioning and heat, and two custom closets—a large one in the sleeping alcove and a smaller one in the entryway.


The living area has light streaming in through a pair of large windows, white walls, cherry wood floors, and room for a sizable seating area with a sectional, a TV stand, and a single end table.


Next to the living room is the sleeping alcove, which has two large windows of its own, enough space for a good-sized bed, a dresser, a night table, and a closet. If you put a wall up beyond the foot of the bed, it will feel like a real bedroom.


The kitchen is on the small side, but it’s airy and open, which makes it appear larger than it actually is. It has a modern look with stainless steel appliances, Lagos Blue stone countertops, custom white lacquer cabinets, and an ice glass backsplash. There’s also a breakfast bar with extra cabinet space—especially welcome in a kitchen of this size.


The bathroom has a raised blond-wood vanity, marble walls tiles to match, gray flooring, and a wall of mirrors atop the toilet. 


The studio is in The Oro, a full-service condo building with a full-time doorman/concierge, two-story gym, basketball and racquetball courts, residents’ lounge, screening room, and pool with locker rooms and saunas. Common charges are $495 a month and taxes are just $22 a month thanks to a 421a tax abatement that expires in 2025.


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