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An UWS studio that you could probably make into a one bedroom, for $549,000

The listing says this Upper West Side studio could be converted to a one bedroom, but you have to confirm that with the building and the DOB. Compass

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The best thing about this 550-square-foot studio, 180 West 93rd St., #2D, on the Upper West Side, is that it appears large enough to be converted to a one bedroom: The sleeping area measures approximately 11 feet by eight feet and there's a window, too. (Of course, you would have to get the proper approvals and follow these steps required by the Department of Buildings in order to make it legal.) 

The apartment’s $549,000 asking price makes it a relative bargain for the neighborhood, where the median price for a studio is $590,000, according to StreetEasy. Other points in the unit’s favor include arched doorways, custom closets, built-in bookshelves, and a dressing room. 

The living space is bright, with high ceilings, a modern ceiling fan, white walls,  light wood flooring that looks to be in good shape, and a pair of built-in bookshelves. Its current set-up allows room for a seating area with a couch and a chair, as well as a small round dining table that can accommodate four. Storage space is plentiful—a rarity in a studio—with two small-ish closets flanking the front door and an additional one just beyond the entry foyer.

There is a single step up to get to the sleeping alcove—or the “dining balcony,” as it’s referred to on the floor plan. The good-sized space fits a large bed and a nightstand, but can certainly hold more should you need to add a second nightstand or a dresser. Folks who choose to use the area for its original purpose can fit a decent-sized dining table in here, and put the bed in the living room instead.

A fourth closet is located in the dressing room—a narrow area large enough for a bench and, well, for you to get dressed. If you have no use for a separate dressing room, the space could also probably work as a home office.

The windowed kitchen is nice—if a tad on the small side—with light-wood cabinets, slate-gray countertops with light-gray veining, a wall-mounted rack for pots and pans, and blue tiled floors.

There aren’t any photos of the bathroom—which could be a sign that it’s in bad shape.


The studio is in a six-story co-op building with a part-time doorman (on daily from 3 p.m. to midnight), a live-in super, a bike room, and a laundry room. The pet-friendly building allows 80 percent financing, co-purchasing, guarantors, and pieds-à-terre. Washer/dryers are also allowed. Subletting is permitted after two years of ownership for up to five years with board approval. Maintenance is $1,105 a month.

The apartment is a few blocks from the 1, 2, and 3 trains on Broadway and the B and C trains at the 96th Street entrance to Central Park.