Small Wonder

This West Village studio will cost you, but the layout might just make it worthwhile

By Leah Hochbaum Rosner  | September 19, 2017 - 12:00PM

With two exposures, a separate windowed kitchen, and a large walk-in closet, this 580-square-foot studio in the West Village certainly has a lot to offer. Of course, $3,600 a month is a lot to spend on a single room—especially when the average rent for a West Village studio in August was significantly less—just $2,763, according to this Citi Habitats report.

That said, it's likely that most of those studios are smaller, and don't come with a separate long foyer with two closets—the aforementioned walk-in, as well as one for coats. That much storage is especially helpful when you're trying to squeeze in four seasons' worth of clothes and lots of belongings into one room.


Next up is what is being touted as a dining area, but  it looks too narrow to fit anything but the smallest of two-seater tables. Still, sitting there is better than eating standing up in the kitchen, or on your lap on the couch.

Keep walking, and you enter a striking sunken living area with high, beamed ceilings, new hardwood floors and an abundance of windows on two sides that give the space an airy openness.


The way the room is currently set up—with the bed right across from the seating area—makes it look a little too much like a bedroom. A futon or a pull-out couch might be a better choice if you’d like for it to present more as a living room. Then again, there are some folks who will probably bristle at the idea of having to pull their bed out every night and put it away each morning.


The kitchen looks small and dated, yet still functional, with white cabinets, white walls, white countertops, a white fridge, a white toaster, a white range, and a black dishwasher that sticks out like a sore thumb. But hey, if it still works, there’s not that much reason to replace it, especially in a rental. There’s also scuffed black-and-white checkerboard floor tiles that give the room a lived-in feel, and a tall window that brings in some much-needed brightness. That said, in a neighborhood as bustling as this, you may end up eating out a lot.


There aren’t any photos of the bathroom, which can be a red flag in some apartments, but the rest of the unit seems to be in decent condition, so one can only hope for good things for that room as well.

The prewar, full-service condo building has a full-time doorman and an elevator. Pets are permitted with condo board approval. And considering that the price is higher than the median, we'd imagine negotiating down isn't outside the realm of possibility.



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