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An Upper East Side studio with lots of outdoor space for when one room feels too cramped

There's a koi pond, garden, and slate patio. Compass

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A huge outdoor space with a manicured garden, koi pond, and slate patio is the main draw of this Upper East Side studio, 330 East 83rd St., #G1. Its $399,000 price—way below the $472,000 median for a studio in the neighborhood according to StreetEasy—is also pretty enticing.

That outdoor space is 900 square feet in total—half of that space is private to the studio—and also has a barbecue and a charming vine-swathed pergola.  

The living area has a distinctive exposed fieldstone wall and custom built-ins for showcasing books and objets d’art. As it’s currently staged, there’s room for a TV area with a couch, a coffee table, a chair, and an adjustable floor lamp. That lonely lamp is definitely not going to be enough to illuminate this space on its own—and since there isn’t any additional lighting overhead—more lamps will definitely be needed.

It should also be noted that while the room looks rather spacious at the moment, it would probably feel a lot smaller if there were an actual bed in here taking up space. 

The white kitchen is small, yet functional, and offers a decent amount of cabinets for an apartment of this size. There’s very little in the way of counter space, though, so it might be tough to do any actual cooking in here.

The bathroom is petite, and has a walk-in shower, a pedestal sink (meaning that there isn’t any storage space to speak of), and a penny-tiled floor.

The studio is in a co-op building less than a block away from the Q train at 2nd Avenue. It has a part-time doorman, an elevator, a renovated lobby and halls, a live-in super, bike storage, and a laundry room. Subletting is permitted after two years of ownership for a maximum of two years at a time. You must then wait another two years to sublet again. There’s no flip tax. Maintenance is $680 a month.

 

 

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