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This $415,000 Midtown studio has a spacious kitchen and a laid-back co-op board

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A great kitchen is probably the biggest draw of this $415,000 Midtown East studio at 342 East 53rd St. It's large, by studio standards, and has a window, full-sized stainless steel appliances, lots of cabinet space (again, for a studio), and a marble breakfast bar.

The living space looks cozy and clean, with light-colored hardwood floors, recessed lighting, and bright white walls. A radiator cover doubles as a ledge where one can display (heat-resistant) trophies, photos or plants. It doesn’t seem like there’s tons of room to spread out, but there is enough space for a small seating area with a coffee table next to the window, as well as an office area with a desk beside the kitchen.

As the unit is staged, a cleverly placed bookcase separates the sleeping area from the rest of the unit, but it’s a bit on the short side. A taller bookcase that really hides the rest of the room might make it feel a little more like an actual bedroom.

The bathroom is fresh and modern, with tiled walls the color of coffee ice cream, a Jacuzzi tub, and a contemporary pedestal sink with space-saving, wall-mounted faucets. However, the presence of that pedestal sink means that there isn’t a whole lot of storage space, so you might need to add some shelving in here.

In a pet-friendly building with bike storage, common outdoor space, a newly renovated lobby, and a laundry room.

The laid-back co-op allows guarantors, co-purchasing, gifting, pieds-à-terre (which may appeal to those who like the proximity to the Theater District), and even subletting after a period of ownership.

Maintenance is $886 a month.