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A Hudson Yards prewar studio has a perch on a new neighborhood

The apartment looks out over the mega complex 30 Hudson Yards, which will be finished next year.

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While it appears to be on the small side, this recently renovated Hudson Yards studio, 433 West 34th St., #14F., makes good use of its space with designated living and sleeping areas. It has room for over 36 cubic feet of storage in the kitchen, and a walk-in closet. It’s listed for $434,000.

Large south-facing windows in the living area make the apartment feel light and bright—and face the rising 30 Hudson Yards, which is expected to be completed in 2019. This sprawling new complex will have stores like Neiman Marcus, a Whole Foods and over 25 restaurants from David Chang, Juan Santa Cruz and Thomas Keller.

Prewar touches abound—including custom-milled baseboard moldings, exposed beams on the high ceilings, and ash wood flooring—yet the apartment still has a distinctly modern feel (probably due to the very contemporary light fixtures, as well as the wallpaper in the kitchen/foyer area, which is definitely not your grandmother’s variety).

As it’s currently set up, there’s a seating area by the window that’s so tiny that it can’t even accommodate a full-sized couch. Instead, there’s a two-seater love seat, so the new occupant should be prepared to instantly get cozy with any guests.

An open bookcase separates this seating area from the bed area. However, the bed is still very visible from the living space, so a larger bookcase or a screen might work better if you want this to feel more like a real bedroom. A double-door walk in closet next to the bed looks like it offers a decent amount of storage.

The kitchen is petite, but stunning, with high-end appliances, including a gas oven and a built-in fridge, a funky gray-tiled backsplash, and cabinets (including a separate pantry). Counter space is severely lacking, though, so folks who cook often may want to keep that in mind.  

The bathroom is nice and simple, with a Carrera marble floor, white subway tiles around the shower area and toilet, and slate gray paint. The porcelain pedestal sink is pretty, but it means there’s very little in the way of storage in here. An illuminated medicine cabinet will make the resident’s morning routine a lot easier. Finally, a rain shower head above the tub will pretty much ensure that no one will ever want to leave this bathroom.

The studio is in Haddon Hall, a pet-friendly prewar co-op building with a 24-hour doorman, live-in super, laundry room, and bike storage. Subletting is permitted after three years of occupancy. Maintenance is $766 a month.

It’s less than three blocks from the A, C, E, 7, Long Island Railroad, and PATH trains.

The new Hudson Yards area is expected to be a construction zone for the next few years. Anyone moving in here should be prepared to contend with construction nuisances.