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A Greenwich Village studio co-op that doesn't require board approval for $550,000

This Greenwich Village studio has a terrace, dishwasher, and a Murphy bed, which could be a plus or a minus.

Douglas Elliman

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This Greenwich Village co-op, 35 East 10th St. #5E, has a lot going for it, including a private balcony, a recent renovation, and a $555,000 price tag that’s well under the $611,000 median for a studio in the neighborhood. But what many folks will probably find most appealing about it is the fact that it’s a sponsor apartment, meaning that despite being in a co-op building, there’s no board approval required.

The one big strike against it? A Murphy bed. Not everyone is going to be ok about having to unfold their bed every time fatigue hits, so if you're in that camp, you would eat up some valuable floorspace with a regular bed.

The living/sleeping area is a decent size, with lots of windows, as well as room for a sectional, a coffee table, and a storage cabinet housing the bed and some shelving. Ten-foot ceilings make the room seem even larger than it actually is.

Murphy bed-haters will be happy to learn that the ceilings can even be raised to 12 feet. The upstairs neighbor in apartment 6E did it and created a sleeping loft.

There are also custom floor-to-ceiling closets near the sofa that’ll store any and all items the occupant doesn’t want in plain view. Wide-plank maple flooring, tasteful recessed lighting, and warm beige walls complete the look.

The living space overlooks the private balcony (a huge score in a studio), which is rather sparsely decorated at the moment. Some greenery—a potted plant, some flowers, some herbs—would definitely liven things up.

The surprisingly spacious kitchen is lovely, with white cabinets, stainless steel appliances (including a slim dishwasher—a rare find in a studio), a glass-tiled backsplash, slate-colored Caesarstone countertops, and a breakfast bar that seems to be the only place where one can sit and eat a meal in this apartment. But the most striking part of this kitchen are the pendant lights that dangle prettily above the breakfast bar like a pair of earrings. 

The bathroom looks modern and sleek with light-colored porcelain tiles on the floor and walls and a floating vanity that still has lots of room for storage.

The sponsor studio is in a pet-friendly prewar co-op building that has a new lobby, renovated hallways, a live-in super, a laundry room, and bike storage. Maintenance is $1,002 a month.

It’s just a few blocks from Washington Square and Union Square (although an NYU expansion near Washington Square Park will cause extensive construction in the area until 2031), and within walking distance of Whole Foods, Citarella, Trader Joe’s, and Agata & Valentina.

It’s also close to a number of subway lines, including the 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, W, F, and M trains.

 

 

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