MANHATTAN — For those who love to entertain, there is no better layout than a wide-open living room, dining room and kitchen. Here are three open floorplan configurations in a co-op apartment, new condo development and loft building, all with open houses this weekend.
457 FDR Dr., #A1702, Lower East Side
One Bedroom/One bath
Approximately 800 square feet
Maintenance: $600 a month
Open House: Sunday, May 1, 12:30-2 p.m.
Lowdown: This co-op is for a buyer who is prepared to renovate.
“Everyone who visits wants to fix it up,” explained Keller Williams broker Michael Turner.
Turner even provided renderings with the listing to show how the open living and dining area might look if upgraded. He suggested adding a center island off the open kitchen, or repositioning the walk-in closet to create a welcoming vestibule in the entryway.
Turner, who is a resident of the co-op, also said that some owners have removed walls and installed pocket doors “to make it feel more loft like.”
The four-building complex is very friendly, according to Turner. On weekends in the summer, residents often gather in the common courtyard for picnics.
There is also a gym in this building “so you won't have to walk in the rain to get there,” said Turner.
This unit is on the 17th floor and looks out onto Midtown Manhattan. But the complex, he said, feels almost apart from the city, as it's surrounded in greenery, including the courtyard and park space along the East River.
Location: The complex is located far east in the neighborhood, off FDR Drive and the East River State Park. The closest subway is the F train at East Broadway, about a 10-minute walk.
Why put it on your open house calendar? “You're right at the park,” Turner said. “You're in Manhattan but it feels a little bit like you're out in the country.”
4503 20th Rd., #2, Astoria
Three bedrooms/Two baths
Approximately 1,280 square feet
Common charges: $410 a month
Taxes: $400 a month
Open House: Sunday, May 1, 12-1 p.m.
Lowdown: This new development, which holds a trio of three-bedroom apartments, has attracted a very specific group of buyers: people with cars.
Each apartment comes with a deeded parking space included in the price, said Douglas Elliman broker James Alesi.
“We've seen a lot of residents from Long Island City who are willing to move a little further from the city to have a car,” he said.
“The parking area even has enough room for your friends to park,” he added.
The full-floor units have a direct elevator entrance, which opens into a combined living, dining and kitchen space.
“It's a great space to entertain, and you still have some separation from the bedrooms,” said Alesi, noting that the three bedrooms are located on the other side of the apartment.
Because the development doesn't have any buildings around it, the apartment has “360 degree views,” according to Alesi. There are three balconies: from the living room, master bedroom and second bedroom.
Other perks include around 300 square feet of storage space, included in the sales price, as well as a washer/dryer for each apartment in the basement.
Location: A car may be especially appealing considering that the closest subway to this quiet area is the N/Q at Astoria/Ditmas Blvd., which is about a 15-minute walk away.
Why put it on your open house calendar? “Being able to afford a three-bedroom apartment for less than $1 million in a new construction building,” Alesi said.
145 Nassau St., #2D, Financial District
Two bedrooms/Two baths
Approximately 1,691 square feet
Maintenance: $3,004 a month
Open House: Sunday, May 1, 1-2:30 p.m.
Lowdown: The 13-foot ceilings and the building's original Corinthian columns accentuate the "amazing" open space of this apartment, said Corcoran broker Haruno Arai.
“You walk in and there's a loft above you, so the ceiling height is about seven-and-a-half feet,” she said. “Then it opens up into this dynamic space with high ceilings... it's a wow factor.”
A row of 11-foot windows look out onto the historic Beekman building (now being converted to a hotel) and Nassau Street. There's enough space in here for dedicated dining and living areas off the kitchen.
In fact, the entire apartment feels sprawling, Arai said. “The master bedroom is almost too big... in the listing photo, the queen bed looks like a tiny toy.”
The current owners took advantage of the extra room by building a loft, now used as the second bedroom.
The flexible floorplan means a buyer could easily build out extra bedrooms, according to Arai.
“We are waiting for a buyer who has the vision of all you can do,” she said.
Location: The co-op sits in the historic Potter building in the heart of the Financial District. It's located a block from City Hall and its surrounding park, as well as the Brooklyn Bridge. The closest subway lines are the 4/5/6 at Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, and the 2/3 at Park Place.
Why put it on your open house calendar? “Someone looking for two or three bedrooms may not think this would fit, but the apartment has so much potential,” Arai said.