Small Wonder

An updated Upper West Side studio with a space-saving Murphy bed, for $435,000

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner  | May 14, 2019 - 10:00AM

This studio has refinished floors, a walk-in closet, custom lighting, and an updated kitchen. 


With a mix of traditional and contemporary design, a space-saving Murphy bed, and a large walk-in closet, this newly renovated Upper West Side studio, 102 West 85th St., #5B, is definitely worth checking out.

It’s also a good deal. Its $435,000 asking price is $100,000 less than the neighborhood’s $535,000 median for a studio, according to StreetEasy

The living space is bright, with white walls, light-colored flooring, and a single large window topped by flowing drapes. Prewar details, including an arched entryway, high, beamed ceilings, and original hardwood floors (which have been sanded and re-stained), blend well with more modern touches, such as custom lighting and a modern kitchen.


There’s room for a nice-sized seating area in the middle of the room with a couch, a chair, and a coffee table, as well as a small dining table by the kitchen.


The Murphy bed, which comes with shelving and built-in lighting and is available for purchase, is just behind that seating area. It’s unclear whether you’ll have to move the couch each day in order to open the bed, you might with this current set-up. So if you’re someone who’d be annoyed at the prospect of having to do so, you’d be wise to shift that whole sofa area to the left.


The windowed kitchen—a small, yet stylish space—is located just off the living room. There’s new tiled flooring, a decent number of pristine-looking white cabinets, white quartz countertops, a white tiled backsplash, and high-end stainless steel appliances (including a dishwasher).   


Unlike the rest of the apartment, which has clearly been updated, the bathroom has a distinctly prewar feel. There’s a simple pedestal sink (which means there isn’t much in the way of storage in here), off-white tiles on the walls, a tub, and an old-school toilet with a flushometer. If it’s all in working order, then buyers may want to leave it as is, but buyers who want modern fixtures may want to renovate this room, too.


The apartment has ample storage, with a small coat closet by the front door and a large walk-in closet with a small desk near the kitchen.


The studio is in a pet-friendly Art Deco co-op building with a live-in super, a part-time doorman, security cameras, a porter, and passenger and freight elevators. There’s also bike storage, private storage, and a central laundry room. Washers and dryers are permitted with board approval.

Pieds-à-terre and co-purchasing with parents are both allowed. Shareholders must live in the unit for a minimum of two years before they may sublease (with board approval) for a maximum of two years during the lifetime of their ownership. Maintenance is $1,221 a month.


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