Small Wonder

An Upper West Side studio with a split (level) personality

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner  | June 12, 2018 - 10:00AM

There's a lot of storage at this co-op, including two built-ins in the foyer. Citi Habitats

Lots of storage, a multi-level layout, and a pretty good price—it’s listed for $400,000 in a neighborhood where the median price for a studio is $540,000—make this Upper West Side studio co-op at 171 West 73rd St., worth checking out. With a large foyer, which can be used as a dining or work space, you get a bit more bang for your buck here.


The foyer, on the upper level of apartment #7B, has light hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, and two built-in armoires for storage.


To the right of the entry foyer is a rather plain-looking kitchen—with white walls, white cabinets, and (seemingly ancient) white appliances. The room could benefit from some more color, as well as more prep space (although it’d probably be hard to fit any more counter space here).


The other room on this level is an updated bathroom that has tiled beige tiled walls. There’s also a white vanity for toiletries and a glassed-in shower.

Head down a short flight of stairs to the lower level, where the living and sleeping areas are located. The living space isn’t huge, but it has high ceilings, a double closet, and a rustic-looking exposed brick wall. It’s currently configured with a couch, a coffee table, and a TV on a stand. 


The sleeping area, which is on the small side, has enough room for what looks to be a full-sized bed, as well as a dresser by the window. It still feels very much like it’s in the living room, since it’s right behind the couch, so you might want to build a wall—real or temporary—or put up a screen or a curtain for some privacy.


It’s in a pet-friendly four-story prewar building with a laundry room and bike storage. Maintenance is $988 a month (and includes cable TV and Internet).

It’s close to a host of subway lines, including the 1, 2, 3, B, and C lines—although the 72nd Street B/C subway station is currently closed for repairs and isn’t expected to reopen until October. And the bicycle and pedestrian paths between West 72nd and West 83rd streets, which have fallen into disrepair in recent years, will soon be repaved. 



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