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Open House Agenda: 3 Apartments For Sale Under $1M To See This Weekend

By Emily Nonko | August 18, 2016 2:59pm | Updated on August 19, 2016 4:41pm
 Bedroom at 166 E. 61st St.
Bedroom at 166 E. 61st St.
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MANHATTAN — Looking to buy an apartment with a budget of around $1 million? These one-bedroom apartments — located in Bed-Stuy, Greenwich Village and Lenox Hill — are all listed just below that price point.

77 Bleecker St.

77 Bleecker St., #618 (Photos courtesy of Corcoran Group)

77 Bleecker St., #618, Greenwich Village
One bedroom/One bath
Approximately 775 square feet
Maintenance: $1,355 a month
Open House: Sunday, Aug. 21, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Lowdown: The most striking feature of this lofted apartment is the 18-foot ceilings in the living room, which also has a large window that looks down onto the building's garden.

“You walk through this tiny corridor, past the kitchen,” said Corcoran broker Zachary Rothstein. “Then there is this really grand ceiling.”

The building's garden is not open to residents, so there isn't much noise coming into the apartment," Rothstein said. “It's very serene, with plants and trees outside."

77 Bleecker St.

The window brings light into the entire apartment, as the lofted bedroom is open to the living room below. “[The loft] doesn't feel constricted,” Rothstein said.

He added that, while there is plenty of space for a closet, desk and bed upstairs, the ceiling is not full height. “I'm 5'8”, and I have to turn my head a little bit.”

The sellers added a new kitchen, which is situated below the loft, about a year ago. It has upgraded stainless steel appliances and a granite counter that doubles as a breakfast bar. A large pantry, located right across from the kitchen, was also upgraded.

This will be the second open house for the apartment. About 17 people came to look at it last weekend, “and for seven people, the loft wasn't for them,” Rothstein said. “If you're okay with a loft, this is for you.”

77 Bleecker St.

Location: Rothstein called this location, on Bleecker Street between Mercer Street and Broadway, “prime-time Greenwich Village.” It's located right next to the Washington Square Village apartment complex that belongs to NYU.

Rothstein also noted that Mile End Deli, a popular restaurant that expanded from Brooklyn, is just around the corner.

The closest trains are the 6 at Bleecker Street and the B/D/F/M at Broadway-Lafayette.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “The 18-foot ceilings in the living room,” Rothstein said. “This is a bright, beautiful apartment on Bleecker.”

689 Myrtle Ave.

689 Myrtle Ave. (Photos courtesy of Charles Rutenberg)

689 Myrtle Ave., #3A, Bed-Stuy
One bedroom/One bath
Approximately 1,000 square feet
Taxes: $160/month
Common charges: $527/month
Open House: Sunday, Aug. 21, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Lowdown: Artistic owners have added unique touches to this loft apartment, located in a former chocolate factory.

“This is definitely the opposite of cookie-cutter,” said Charles Rutenberg broker Dean Moodie.

The couple added a curved steel beam to the staircase, which leads to a lofted bedroom. They also designed a custom “disappearing closet” which hangs from the ceiling of the loft.

Because the owners have two children, “the space is used to maximum efficiency,” Moodie said.

689 Myrtle Ave.

A second children's bedroom, which fits bunk beds and shelving, was added underneath the loft. They also installed a drop-screen movie projector, which takes up less space than a television stand.

The combined living and dining area boasts 13-foot ceilings and is decorated with a disco ball — included in the sale. In the lofted bedroom, open to the living room, the ceilings reach 7 feet.

689 Myrtle Ave.

A few weeks ago, the apartment's asking price decreased by $100,000. “We've had a lot of movement but the owners want it sold,” Moodie said. “We priced it at what the last apartment in the building sold for.”

689 Myrtle Ave.

Location: “The most development is happening in this area of Bed-Stuy,” Moodie said. “It's an up-and-coming hub.”

He said he feels the area is sometimes overlooked because it's further away from prime Bed-Stuy and closer to the G train than the A/C line. The location offers quick access to Williamsburg, just north on Bedford, and Crown Heights, just south on Bedford, he added.

689 Myrtle Ave.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “The area is good to check out... it's an undervalued area that's close to Williamsburg,” Moodie said.

166 E. 61st St.

166 N. 61st St., #7J (Photos courtesy of Spire Group)

166 N. 61st St., #7J, Lenox Hill
One bedroom/One bath
Approximately 1,050 square feet
Maintenance: $2,234/month
Open House: Saturday, Aug. 21, 1 to 3 p.m.

Lowdown: The open floor plan of this apartment should attract buyers looking for a flexible space that can be configured in different ways.

“Other owners with J-lines have converted the living room to a second bedroom,” said Spire Group broker Jessica Kurland. “You could easily convert and still have a ton of living space left over, with enough room for a dining table.”

Although this corner apartment is located on the seventh floor, it has unobstructed views from the living room to the 59th Street Bridge.

166 E. 61st St.

“It's as if you could be on the 20th floor,” Kurland said. Other windows in the apartment face south.

166 E. 61st St. is a post-war building but the apartment interior has a decidedly pre-war vibe. The living room boasts built-in shelving and moldings. The owners also stained the light wood floors to a darker color.

The owners have lived here since 2013 and are now retiring. They previously listed the apartment just north of $1 million before it entered contract, but the co-op board rejected the buyer.

166 E. 61st St.

The owners, Kurland said, “would like to sell quickly, so we've re-listed it at a very competitive price.”

Location: Kurland said the building is located in the “shopping mecca of Lenox Hill,” given that Bloomingdale's is right next door and Madison Avenue is two blocks away. There are a number of train lines within a few blocks of the apartment, including the F at the Lexington Avenue-63rd Street station, and the 4/5/6 and N/Q/R at Lexington Avenue-59th Street. Central Park is less than a 10-minute walk west.

166 E. 61st St.

Why put it on your open house calendar? Kurland called this “a fantastic deal,” given that a similar apartment in the building sold earlier this year for $1.135 million. She added that while maintenance is high, 50 percent of it is tax deductible. 

166 E. 61st St.

166 E. 61st St.