Small Wonder

An UWS studio that feels like a one bedroom, for $495,000

Pocket doors separate the sleeping area from the main living space.

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This Upper West Side studio, 225 West 70th St., #4D, might not be a real one bedroom, but it comes pretty darn close with pocket doors that separate the sleeping space from the rest of the apartment. In addition, the recently renovated co-op has an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a large walk-in closet, and room for a home office. It’s listed for $495,000.

The living room is definitely on the small side, but it’s still quite lovely, with high ceilings, hardwood flooring, and ample room for a seating area with a couch, a bookcase, a dresser that doubles as a TV stand, and an ottoman.  

There's less natural light when the doors leading to the sleeping alcove are closed, but a window above those doors provides a small amount of light.

A large walk-in closet to the left of the couch is the only closet in the apartment. Directly across from it appears to be a tiny home office concealed behind white doors.

The bedroom is rather petite, but manages to fit what looks to be a full-sized bed, a desk, and a nightstand. The walls are an odd combo of dark blue paint and patterned wallpaper, but that’s an easy fix for folks who prefer something more neutral (or less busy). They need only rip off the paper and add a few new coats of paint.

There doesn’t look to be a whole lot of room for maneuvering—or enough storage space—in the kitchen, but the white cabinets and white subway-tiled backsplash are simple and pretty. There’s also a stainless steel fridge and range, a  black microwave, and a dishwasher topped with white panels to match the cabinets. The best thing about this kitchen is a good-sized breakfast bar that can be used as extra prep space or as the resident’s primary dining area since there doesn’t seem to be a good place to put a table.

The bathroom is nice and simple, with light-gray walls, fun octagonal tiles on the floor, and white subway tiles in the shower, which tie together nicely. The pedestal sink is cute, but rather useless. A vanity with some storage space would make more sense in here.

The studio is located in a six-story, boutique co-op with an elevator, is close to Lincoln Center and Central Park, and is a five-minute walk from the 72nd Street subway station, where you can catch the 1, 2, and 3 trains. The building is pet-friendly, and allows pieds-à-terre and co-purchasing. Maintenance is $856 a month.