Small Wonder

Enjoy the last of the warm weather at this $420,000 Manhattan studio with outdoor space

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner | September 5, 2017 - 1:00PM 

Studios with their own backyards don’t come on the market all that often.

This 425-square-foot, $420,000 ground-floor studio at 203 East 89th St. on the Upper East Side has a 24-foot by 11-foot open garden and patio that looks like a nice place to soak in the last of the mild weather.

The living area looks contemporary and clean with blonde-wood floors that seem to be in good shape, crown moldings that add a touch of elegance, and recessed lights in the ceiling. That orange accent wall is pretty snazzy, too, and easy enough to cover up if the color isn’t your thing.

As it’s currently configured, the main room appears a tad cramped. This can easily be remedied, however—smaller furniture and less seating could give the buyer more room to move around.

The kitchen looks fresh and modern with stainless steel appliances, as well as cabinets that reach towards the ceiling and a pretty tile backsplash. The one puzzling thing here is the presence of a rug covering up a portion of the floor—could it be concealing some damage?

The unit’s bathroom was recently updated, according to the listing description. The spotless all-white room has a large vanity and an attention-grabbing vessel sink.

There’s only a single closet, and it's in the kitchen. A new owner would be wise to think about this when picking out furniture, and purchase items that can double as storage.

The cat-friendly, five-story co-op building has a laundry room and bike storage in the basement, and permits both pied-a-terre purchasers and guarantors. Maintenance is $1,083 a month. According to the listing, the minimum amount you can put down is 10 percent, which is low for co-ops, although sometimes the bank itself will require 20 percent down.



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