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An Upper West Side studio with a windowed sleeping alcove, for $425,000

This Upper West Side studio has a sunken living room and a separate sleeping area. Corcoran

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It might not have an actual bedroom, but this Upper West Side studio, 167 West 73rd St., #7, has the next best thing—a separate windowed area for your bed so you don’t have to feel like you’re sleeping in the living room. There’s also a cozy sunken living room, a breakfast bar, and lots of exposed brick (for those who like that sort of thing). It’s listed for $425,000, which is below the median asking price of $526,000 for a studio in the neighborhood, according to StreetEasy.

The recessed living room is bright, with 10-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, and exposed brick. But the space is small. There isn’t even enough room for a full-sized couch. It does, however, fit a love seat, a chair, and a dresser/TV stand holding a flat-screen.

To the right is a narrow sleeping area. There’s no door, but if you hang a curtain or put up a screen, you might actually be able to create a little bit of privacy. There’s exposed brick in here, too, and some shelves for books, photos, and the like. There’s no closet, though—in fact, there’s only one in the entire apartment—so you’ll have to exit the area in order to get dressed in the morning.

The recently renovated kitchen is petite, yet pretty, and has full-sized stainless steel appliances, a good number of cabinets (especially for a space this size), a white subway-tiled backsplash, and track lights overhead. Prep space is scarce, however, so it might be tough to cook an elaborate meal in here.

Just outside the kitchen—behind the living area—is a breakfast bar with some storage space underneath for any cookware you just can’t seem to fit into the kitchen. There doesn’t seem to be any room for an actual table in this apartment, so you’ll probably be eating all your meals here.

The bathroom has a vanity for all your toiletry-storage needs, floor-to-ceiling tiles, and a large mirror above the sink. There’s an additional cabinet atop the toilet for extra storage, but it makes things look a bit cluttered in here. It’s also a little odd that it’s mirrored since nobody but the tallest of residents will be able to actually see themselves in it. It might just be best to remove it.

The studio is in a prewar co-op that was built in 1882, and is close to the 72nd Street express stop, the American Museum of Natural History, Fairway, Citarella, and Trader Joe’s.

There’s a laundry room in the building, as well as a shared courtyard. Cats and dogs are allowed. All forms of purchase are considered on a case by case basis. Maintenance is $989 a month, and includes a cable/Internet package.