Condo pick of the week

A light-filled, chic UES condo—with quite a few amenities—for under $1 million

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Reality TV fans, take note: The color palette of this studio loft was selected by Taylor Spellman, the interior designer featured on the Bravo series "Yours, Mine or Ours." The condo unit is in a new Yorkville development right near the 86th Street stop on the Second Avenue subway, and its high ceilings and luxe features make the space feel roomy and elegant. Listed by Corcoran for $975,000, the apartment's price tag is at the high end for studios in the neighborhood, but depending on your perspective, this could be offset by the building's plentiful amenities. 

There are several outdoor spaces, including a roof deck, plus doorman service, a gym, a children's playroom, a bike room, and, perhaps crucially if you're moving from somewhere bigger and can't get the downsizing right on a tight schedule, additional storage space. 

The living area is bright and sunny, thanks to the apartment's fifth-floor position and oversized windows, and 10-foot 6-inch ceilings add to a the sense of airiness. There's room to create discrete sleeping and living corners, and the subtle color scheme provides a blank slate for your own art and decoration. The galley kitchen is equipped with custom cabinetry, marble counters and backsplash, and high-end appliances, as well as a pantry offering much-needed storage space. 

You'll find more marble in the bathroom vanity and shower stall, as well as classic subway tile. It looks like rather close quarters in here, but perhaps at the right angle the fixtures and finishes, including a Toto toilet and self-lit mirror, will make up for it. 

Also worth noting is the large walk-in closet, which comes in particularly handy in a studio. Another perk is the in-unit washer and dryer.


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