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A Murray Hill studio with lots of built-in storage for $385,000

This Murray Hill studio has tons of storage, including a walk-in closet and built-ins galore. Bond 

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Affordability. That’s what this Murray Hill studio, 210 East 36th St., #3C, has going for it. It’s listed for $385,000—well under the $430,000 median for a studio in the area. It has a maintenance of just $759 a month. Plus, it was recently renovated and has tons of storage space—with four closets, including a walk-in, as well as a host of built-ins, including one specifically made to house shoes.

The living area is nice and large, with light-colored parquet floors, white walls, and track lighting shining onto a TV area with a couch and a coffee table. There’s open built-in shelving to show off treasures, as well as some closed cabinets to store more stuff.

Just beyond the living space is the sleeping area. There’s another built-in cabinet in the corner, and a large window that’s great for folks who like to wake up with the sun (not so great for folks who don’t; they’d be wise to invest in some blackout shades).

It would be nice if the occupant could separate the bed from the living area with a wall, but that would effectively block any natural light from reaching the living room. A short bookcase, a screen that doesn’t reach all the way to the ceiling, or a retractable curtain could help here, making the living area and bed area feel like two distinct spaces.

There’s a small dining area that's barely big enough to hold a tiny two-seater round table. It should be more than sufficient for a studio-dweller’s needs, though. More built-in cabinetry has been set up in here—perfect for storing any surplus kitchen items—but it’s a dark wood that doesn’t match anything else in the unit, which is a little odd.

The kitchen is tiny, but packed with cabinets, stainless steel appliances (with a separate shelf for a toaster oven), and a surprisingly decent amount of counter space. There's a lovely tiled backsplash and a marble floor.

Like the rest of the apartment, the bathroom is small, but efficient, and has a huge vanity for storing toiletries. It may be a little too large for this space, though, as it’s right up against the glass shower doors, making things feel a tad claustrophobic. A smaller vanity would probably work better in here, as would getting rid of the tub and installing a shower, instead.

The studio is in a co-op building with a live-in super, doorman service from 4 p.m. to midnight daily, and video security. The lobby and hallways were recently renovated with no assessments to shareholders. Building amenities include a laundry room, a garden, private storage, and bike storage (which is available for rent). The pet-friendly co-op allows sublets, pieds-à-terre, and parents buying for children.

It’s just a short walk to Grand Central, where you can pick up the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S trains.