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House Hunters' Perry Street Studio Kitchen Confession: It's Too Big

By DNAinfo Staff on April 16, 2012 7:02pm

By Juliet Linderman

Special to DNAinfo

41 Perry Street, Apt #2B
Maintenance/Common Charges: $761

WEST VILLAGE — The 350-square-foot Perry Street studio custom-designed from the ground up after a 2008 renovation, was indisputably quaint in size, but still impressed several Sunday open house walk-ins.

“Location, location location — those are the words we live and die by,” said Rutenberg broker Jennifer Chiongbian as she welcomed perspective buyers into a quiet, sleek second-floor apartment at 41 Perry St., which she described as boasting a “high-end condo feel in the heart of the West Village.”

The apartment's distinctly modern style was reflected mostly in the stainless steel appliances: a Sub-Zero freezer, Viking convection oven, a Miele dishwasher and recessed lighting.

One 26-year-old, who was apartment shopping with his parents, thought the studio’s two large north-facing windows overlooking a garden gave it an airy feel.

"I want something quiet and small, I don’t need a lot of space," he said. "But this is bigger than I expected. I just came from another place in the West Village that was so small it didn’t even have a refrigerator — that was ridiculous. Plus, this place is nice, because you don’t have to do any work when you move in."

The condition of the apartment proved a selling point for many interested parties — and the two enormous closets offering ample storage — but the lack of common space due to the positioning of the kitchen in the center of the studio was a drawback for others.

"This space is odd, because it’s so much kitchen and not enough actual living space," said one 32-year-old perspective buyer just starting her apartment hunt. "I’d want the dimensions to be swapped."

According to Chiongbian, though, the space is standard for the area.

"If you’re living in the West Village on a budget, you have to make some sacrifices in terms of space," she said. "For me though, you feel like you’re living in a condo, but in the absolute perfect beautiful tree-lined location."

Another broker, who was at the open house, begged to differ.

"It's not exactly going to fly off the market priced like this," she predicted, offering that with a $761 per month maintenance fee, its asking price should be closer to $420,000 rather than $499,000.

But there was no doubt that prospective buyers were taken with its location, location, location.