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A Bay Ridge studio with a bay window and eat-in kitchen, for $150,000

A herringbone-patterned floor shines in this studio apartment.

Keller Williams

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With an asking price of $150,000—yes, you read that right, $150,000—this Bay Ridge studio, 191 73rd St., #274, is definitely worth checking out. In addition to an asking price that's well under the $237,000 median for a studio in the neighborhood, the co-op also has a windowed kitchen, a large walk-in closet, and bay windows in the living area.

The windows let in tons of light into the small space, making it feel larger than it actually is. But if you hate waking up with the sun, installing blackout shades should be at the top of your to-do list as a new owner here.

Herringbone floors that look to be in good shape are striking, but it’s a little strange that the tiny foyer that’s attached to the living room has completely different flooring—simple wood planks. If there’s still money in the budget after purchasing the apartment (and with that $150,000 price tag, there will be), you could replace the flooring in the entryway to match the rest of the room.

Just off the living room is a walk-in closet that isn’t huge, but is definitely big enough to hold most studio dwellers’ clothes. If not, well, there’s another small coat closet in the entryway.

The windowed kitchen is big, too—with room for a tiny table and some chairs by that window—but it’s dated and sort of thrown together, with an ancient tan stove, plain floor tiles, and an assortment of off-white cabinets with different-colored drawer pulls and handles. While there's a stainless steel fridge, and the space still looks functional, it could definitely use some sprucing—and some color.

The bathroom is tiny, with a scratched-up vanity right next to the tub. Surprisingly, there's a large window right next to the toilet—which would be truly fantastic if only the glass were frosted. Anyone living here will need to be meticulous about keeping those blinds down if they don’t want to give an accidental eyeful to the neighbors.

The studio is in Flagg Court, a seven-building co-op complex. The building is also pet friendly and has an elevator, laundry room, live-in super, video security, and parking garage (with a wait list). Maintenance is $596 a month, and includes all utilities. There is an additional assessment of $160 a month until December 31st, 2020.

There are restaurants and shopping lining nearby Third Avenue, and Owl's Head Park is a short walk. The building is close to the Belt Parkway and a ferry terminal.

 

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