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This UES studio comes with a balcony

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Studio apartments rarely offer much in the way of outdoor space, so if a balcony is on your wish list, take a gander at this 595-square-foot corner unit at 188 East 64th St. on the Upper East Side, listed for $995,000. The north-facing terrace is described in the listing as offering "distant views of the Upper East Side and across Central Park,” but the park isn't exactly obvious, or even visible in the photos.

Still, the living area is bright, with large, absurdly clear windows that let in the sun from northern and eastern exposures. That natural light is especially important since it appears that there aren’t any recessed lights in the ceiling here. A pair of lamps, coupled with that sun’s rays, appear to be all that is illuminating this room. Dark wood flooring rounds out the space.

A sleeping alcove lies just beyond the living area. It’s somewhat small, but the space accommodates a full-sized bed and a dresser. And, if the apartment’s new owner would prefer a real bedroom, it looks like a door could easily be built along the entrance to the alcove, effectively separating it from the rest of the unit. The wallpaper is a bit of a mess, though, with visible seams and a busy, unsightly border by the ceiling. That can easily be remedied by removing the wallpaper and painting.

The alcove is adjacent to a dressing area with two large closets just outside the bathroom. The bathroom looks to be on the small side, with the tub, toilet and sink practically on top of one another. A virtual wall of mirrors above the sink helps with that a bit, making the place look a bit larger than it actually is. Marble tiles on the walls and gold hardware throughout the room won’t be to everyone’s taste, but they look to be in good shape, so it may not be worth it to replace them.

The renovated kitchen has brand-new stainless steel appliances, a decent amount of cabinet space, a window, tiled floors, and an excessive amount of wallpaper—on the walls, where the backsplash would otherwise be, and on the ceiling. It’s a peculiar choice, but the pattern is relatively innocuous, and it looks to be in better shape than the paper in the sleeping alcove so some might be inclined to keep it.

The apartment is in The Royale, a full-service, pet-friendly condo building with a full-time doorman and concierge, a health club, a children’s playroom, an entertainment room, a parking garage, and laundry on every floor. Common charges are $704 a month, and taxes are $606 a month.