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Open House Agenda: Three Apartments to See This Weekend

By Donna M. Airoldi | February 14, 2014 6:42am
 Open houses with private outdoor spaces.
Apartments With Private Outdoor Space
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MANHATTAN — It might be difficult to appreciate outdoor spaces right now, when they’re under so much snow. But if you bought a place today, odds are you wouldn’t be closing until spring, when gardens, terraces and roof decks are in high demand.

So for buyers dreaming of warmer days, here are three apartments with private outdoor spaces.

1060 Putnam Ave., Apt. 3R, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
2 Bedrooms/1 Bath
Approximately 700 square feet
Common Charges: $200 per month
Open House: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Lowdown: This third-floor two-bedroom unit in a 2006 building comes with a small balcony and a private roof deck.

“The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, an open galley layout, hardwood floors and polished stone countertops. If you really like to cook, it’s a wonderful space,” Shelly Lawes, of Highline Residential, said, adding that the kitchen gets a lot of light because it opens out to the balcony.

The bedroom has “a lot of closet space and a top storage area,” and there’s a washer and dryer.

The living room, with its exposed brick wall, “could be larger,” Lawes conceded, “but it’s still a really nice space. It’s a good fit for someone just starting out or a young couple.”

Location: The building is in the east end of Stuyvesant Heights and is two blocks from the Halsey Street J train station, which is on the Bushwick border along Broadway.

“There are two or three other new buildings on our street, also nice high-end condos,” Lawes said. Nearby Saratoga Park is a “nice place to walk the dog,” she noted.

Why put it on your open house calendar? The apartment has high-end finishes, “wonderful” outdoor space and is very close to the train, yet “you can’t hear it once you’re in the apartment,” Lawes said.

333 E. 75th St., Apt. 1A, Upper East Side, Manhattan
1 Bedroom/1 Bath
Approximately 900 square feet
Maintenance: $2,919 per month
Open House: Sunday, Feb. 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Lowdown: This north-facing one-bedroom — which recently dropped its price by $50,000 — boasts a garden that is nearly equal in size to the apartment space.

“The best part of this apartment is the garden,” said Emma Zilberman of Brown Harris Stevens. “You can entertain out there, and if you have a dog, you can let it out. Even in winter, you cannot really use the space, but you can still put beautiful lights on the trees and create a beautiful world.”

Renovations to the apartment — completed by the sellers and the previous owners — “made significant changes to original floor plan. They opened up the small kitchen to the living room, and it’s a huge improvement,” Zilberman said.

Because the apartment faces the back of the building, it’s also quiet.

The pet-friendly, full-service Eastbrook has “excellent staff,” she added.

The maintenance is on the high side since this is the building's largest unit and has the most co-op shares. But that's also one of the reasons the price was reduced.

"If [the maintenance] was $2,000, it would have been priced in the $700,000s," Zilberman said

Location: The building, between First and Second avenues, is “walking distance to everything you need,” Zilberman said. John Jay Park, with an outdoor pool, is two blocks east. Food markets Agata & Valentina, Citarella and Grace’s Marketplace are nearby.

The 6 train is at 77th Street and Lexington Avenue, but “the great advantage to this property in the long run is when the Second Avenue subway will be finished,” Zilberman said.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It’s probably one of the largest one-bedroom apartments on the market, and it’s absolutely magical, especially for someone who loves the outdoors,” Zilberman said. “With the price reduction, it’s very attractive and very well positioned.”

140 W. 74th St., Apt. 1C, Upper West Side, Manhattan
1 Bedroom/1 Bath
Approximately 541 square feet
Maintenance: $822 per month
Open House: Sunday, Feb. 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Lowdown: This pre-war garden apartment on the Upper West Side has newly refinished floors and a kitchen that the sellers remodeled about five years ago, adding a dishwasher and maple cabinets, said Peter Poljan of the Corcoran Group.

“It’s super convenient and quiet, and the exposed brick in the living area and bedroom is beautiful,” Poljan said. “All the closets have been custom outfitted.”

Though the bedroom is on the narrow side, at 8.25 feet, it overlooks the 135-square-foot patio, which you access through double French doors in the living room.

“When you open the doors to go outside, it’s like an extension of the unit,” Poljan said.

The common spaces of the 30-unit building have all been renovated, Poljan added. “One thing the seller stressed is how the owners really take great care of the building and she’s going to miss her neighbors.”

Location: The building is situated between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues, which are lined with myriad shops and restaurants. Central Park is one block away, and the Museum of Natural History is at 77th Street.

The 1, 2 and 3 trains are at Broadway and 72nd Street; the B and C are on Central Park West at 72nd Street.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “For someone who wants a special experience at home, to go outside and have a glass of wine [in their garden], it’s simply a lovely space, warm and inviting,” Poljan said.