Small Wonder

This Kips Bay studio has an updated kitchen and bathroom, and a dash of personality

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner  | February 6, 2018 - 10:00AM

It's not big, but it looks inviting.


This co-op studio at 229 East 28th St. in Kips Bay is listed for $395,000, well below the $533,000 median price for a studio in Manhattan, according to a recent Citi Habitats market report. And price is not the only thing it has going for it. The apartment has three closets, as well as a dressing area with a built-in bureau just outside the bathroom.

The living space is small, but serviceable, with blonde-wood floors, green walls that add some personality, and a small seating area with a couch and coffee table. The apartment’s only window is in here, and despite the paucity of exposures, the room looks decently lit.


The sleeping area is separated from the living area by an open bookcase. It’s not quite a real bedroom, but there's enough room for a full-sized bed and a desk. There are also lots of shelves for books and baubles.


The kitchen has been recently renovated, with frosted glass cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a breakfast bar, and a cork floor. The breakfast bar actually seems to fit two chairs, as opposed to the wishful staging that you often see in studios for sale. There’s also a funky chalkboard paint backsplash for jotting down shopping lists or notes to someone special.


The bathroom has been remodeled as well, and features a vessel sink topping a white vanity, and off-white wall tiles that complement natural-hued tiles.


The apartment is in a seven-story co-op building with an elevator, a laundry room, a bike room, a storage room with individual storage lockers, and a full-time super. Maintenance is $876 a month. The board allows co-purchasing and small pets.

The building is two and a half long blocks from the 28th Street 6 station.





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