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A Jackson Heights studio with three closets and a private balcony, for $215,000

This Jackson Heights studio has room for separate living and dining areas.

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With a private balcony (a rarity in a studio) and a list price of $215,000 (yes, you read that right), this Jackson Heights studio, 35-31 85th St., #8A, is definitely worth a look. Other pluses include three closets and room for a dining table.

The apartment has a small foyer with tiled flooring that's steps away from the sleeping area—which has been cordoned off with a bookcase wall and has just enough room for a bed and a pair of nightstands.

Unlike the rest of the apartment—which has been painted a simple, neutral white—the wall behind the bed is a soft seafoam green. Folks who find it restful can keep it as is, but those who think it sticks out like a sore thumb can certainly paint over it.

Just beyond that bookcase is a cozy area that currently holds a couch, a coffee table, and a large media cabinet. 

Next up is the kitchen, which looks bright and sunny because it has the apartment’s only windows. The kitchen itself is small and dated, with only a handful of cabinets, barely any counter space and white appliances. While the room is currently staged with a round dining table, would-be chefs would be wise to replace that with a butcher block kitchen island that can double as a prep space and dining area.

The bathroom looks to be a decent size, and has room for a full-sized tub behind sliding glass doors, a sink that stores nothing, and salmon-colored wall tiles that will probably turn a lot of folks off.

The terrace is bare at the moment, but that can easily be remedied with a little greenery—a plant or two will surely liven things up.

The studio is in a dog-friendly co-op building just a 10-minute walk from the 7 train stop at 82nd St.

The building offers an elevator, laundry room, enclosed playground, social room, and live-in super. There’s also storage space that can be rented for $10 a month, and a garage with a six-month waiting list that costs $100 to park underground and $68 to park aboveground.

Maintenance is $490 a month, including all utilities.