Small Wonder

An UWS studio that you could probably make into a one bedroom, for $549,000

The listing says this Upper West Side studio could be converted to a one bedroom, but you have to confirm that with the building and the DOB. Compass

Share this Article

2019
BRICK UNDERGROUND’S
Holiday Tipping Poll
Holiday Tipping Poll
How much do you plan to tip the building staff this year?

The best thing about this 550-square-foot studio, 180 West 93rd St., #2D, on the Upper West Side, is that it appears large enough to be converted to a one bedroom: The sleeping area measures approximately 11 feet by eight feet and there's a window, too. (Of course, you would have to get the proper approvals and follow these steps required by the Department of Buildings in order to make it legal.) 

The apartment’s $549,000 asking price makes it a relative bargain for the neighborhood, where the median price for a studio is $590,000, according to StreetEasy. Other points in the unit’s favor include arched doorways, custom closets, built-in bookshelves, and a dressing room. 

The living space is bright, with high ceilings, a modern ceiling fan, white walls,  light wood flooring that looks to be in good shape, and a pair of built-in bookshelves. Its current set-up allows room for a seating area with a couch and a chair, as well as a small round dining table that can accommodate four. Storage space is plentiful—a rarity in a studio—with two small-ish closets flanking the front door and an additional one just beyond the entry foyer.

There is a single step up to get to the sleeping alcove—or the “dining balcony,” as it’s referred to on the floor plan. The good-sized space fits a large bed and a nightstand, but can certainly hold more should you need to add a second nightstand or a dresser. Folks who choose to use the area for its original purpose can fit a decent-sized dining table in here, and put the bed in the living room instead.

A fourth closet is located in the dressing room—a narrow area large enough for a bench and, well, for you to get dressed. If you have no use for a separate dressing room, the space could also probably work as a home office.

The windowed kitchen is nice—if a tad on the small side—with light-wood cabinets, slate-gray countertops with light-gray veining, a wall-mounted rack for pots and pans, and blue tiled floors.

There aren’t any photos of the bathroom—which could be a sign that it’s in bad shape.

 

The studio is in a six-story co-op building with a part-time doorman (on daily from 3 p.m. to midnight), a live-in super, a bike room, and a laundry room. The pet-friendly building allows 80 percent financing, co-purchasing, guarantors, and pieds-à-terre. Washer/dryers are also allowed. Subletting is permitted after two years of ownership for up to five years with board approval. Maintenance is $1,105 a month.

The apartment is a few blocks from the 1, 2, and 3 trains on Broadway and the B and C trains at the 96th Street entrance to Central Park.