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This Downtown Brooklyn studio comes with four closets

The apartment at 225 Adams St. has a Murphy bed to maximize the space.

Anchor Associates

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A dearth of closet space is a common problem in many New York City apartments. Not so in this 12th-floor studio co-op at 225 Adams St. in Downtown Brooklyn. The apartment has four of them, two near the entrance and another two just beyond the bathroom.

The price tag is $369,000, which is relatively reasonable, considering the median sales price for a studio in the area is $399,000, according to a recent market report. The apartment is in contract, but still on the market for a reason (the reason being: that contract could fall through).

The main living space appears to be about 260 square feet, judging by the floor plan, which makes it perhaps not quite as “X-Large” as it’s described in the listing. There is a Murphy bed that can be tucked away when not in use, to make the space feel a little roomier.

As it's currently configured, there’s room for a TV area with a couch, a chair, and a coffee table, a tiny dining area with a two-seat table by the window, and a a desk. Notably, just outside the bathroom there's also a dressing area that can also be used as office space, according to the floor plan. It's possible that the apartment's current occupant prefers to work in this sunny space rather than in a windowless box at the back of the apartment.

The lighting situation appears to be a little strange: there's a single line of recessed lights in a dropped section of the ceiling by the window, meaning that most of the light in this room is coming from this one area. There are, however, three small lights above the bed to add some illumination to the other side of the room.

The hardwood floors look to be in decent shape.

The separate kitchen has black tiled floors, matching granite countertops, and a fair amount of cabinet space. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of counter space, but a small breakfast bar with a couple of chairs just outside the kitchen can also be utilized.

The bathroom has definitely seen better days, as there are grubby grout lines in the shower. There’s also a pedestal sink, so there's no under-sink storage, but there is an additional cabinet above the toilet. Finally, the blond-wood toilet seat is an odd choice in a room that’s otherwise white and gray, but that can easily be replaced.

The apartment is in the Concord Village complex, which consists of seven 17-story buildings at the foot of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, surrounded by landscaped grounds. This is a full-service building that accepts dogs and cats and has a doorman, an elevator, a common roof deck with city views, laundry, parking, bike storage, and long-term storage (which has a wait list). The complex's gym is two buildings away and costs $30 a month. Maintenance is $690 a month. 

The building is 4-6 blocks from the Jay Street-MetroTech, Borough Hall, High Street, Clark Street, and Court Street subway stations, with service on the R, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, and F trains.