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This studio apartment in Midtown has a working fireplace

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A working wood-burning fireplace is easily the most fetching thing about this bright studio condo, #14B at 865 First Ave. in Midtown, especially after a winter like the one we just had. But that's not the only attractive feature. An alcove, two walk-in closets (a rarity for a studio), and East River views are also pretty covetable.

The apartment also has pristine white walls that make it look larger and charming prewar touches, including crown moldings, beamed ceilings, and original hardwood floors. It's listed for $699,000.

You enter the apartment through a foyer big enough for a sizable console table.

The living area is sunny and bright, but seems cramped in the listing photos because it is filled with big pieces of furniture, including a sectional taking over one entire side of the room and a large bed occupying the other side. 

The recently renovated kitchen is narrow but it’s sparkling clean, and has a full-size gas range, a Sub-Zero fridge, and a dishwasher drawer. There's also a tiled backsplash, gray-veined countertops, and white cabinets. It opens onto a dining alcove.

The window off the dining alcove shines into the kitchen as well.

The windowed bathroom has also been freshly updated, and it looks nice, if a bit busy. Two of the walls are painted slate gray, the wall next to the tub is covered in tiny white-gray tiles, and the wall by the window and the sides of the tub are two different shades of gray marble. 

The studio is in a pet-friendly building with a 24-hour doorman, a bike room, a laundry room, and a live-in super. The building allows pieds-à-terre, and is in the final term of a tax abatement. Common charges are $606 a month. Taxes are $485 a month.