Small apartments: the wave of the future, if Mayor Bloomberg has his way. Also the wave of the present, judging by the people paying $1,500/month for a 240-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn Heights. We recently checked out the 10 smallest apartments on the market in Manhattan, and now we're going to do the same thing for Brooklyn! We searched StreetEasy for contenders, leaving out the many listings that didn't include square footage and a few where the listed square footage seemed to be an obvious error (like this three-square-foot multi-family building in Marine Park or this 36-square-foot home in Canarsie). Happily, there were plenty of tiny dwellings left:
10) Address: 99 Kingsland Avenue #402 (above)
Square footage: 427
The Skinny: As the listing notes, the taxes ($55) and common charges ($215) are low here, and this apartment has a small balcony.
9) Address: 70 Clark Street #4H
Square footage: 415
The Skinny: This place has a sunken living room and allows pets and pied-a-terre dwellers, as well as subletting after two years. Which is probably about the time it might start to feel too small.
8) Address: 439 Hicks Street #1A
Square footage: 410
The Skinny: Historic rental complex Cobble Hill Towers has been undergoing a sometimes controversial conversion, and there are some units on the market for outsiders. Like this studio! One of the building's quirks, explained in the brokerbabble: "The stairwells are at the exterior (a fire prevention method at the time of construction), and lead to two terraces on each floor from which the apartments are accessed." (Apartment #1E at 443 Hicks Street is also available, and a whole two square feet larger.)
7) Address: 10819 Seaview Avenue #39A
Square footage: 409
The Skinny: The listing pics fail to impress on this one, but apparently the carpeting, appliances, and cabinets are all new (and in the process of being assembled?). At least this one has low common charges, at $194.49.
6) Address: 268 Berkeley Place, #8
Square footage: 400
The Skinny: Maybe the open kitchen and the two skylights make this one feel bigger than it actually is? The apartment is a second-floor walkup.
5) Address: 60 Remsen Street #3G
Square footage: 400
The Skinny: This Brooklyn Heights studio faces a courtyard, and the apartment has a separate dressing area-slash-office. To the extent that we ever advocate living in very small spaces, we like this one.
4) Address: 155 Henry Street, 5C
Square footage: 400
The Skinny: Maybe the residents of that $1,500/month Brooklyn Heights studio should just move here. With a 20 percent down payment, the monthly payments would be just $1,510, and the closet space is far more ample.
3) Address: 156 Macon Street, 2A
Square footage: 350
The Skinny: This building could take up most of this list, but we're only letting it have one spot. This particular apartment is a 1BR, 1BA that's rollercoasted a bit in price since April 2011.
2) Address: 12399 Flatlands Avenue #2A
Square footage: 349
The Skinny: It's hard to come up with much to say about a 349-square-foot studio, but on the plus side, it does have a "new hydraulic cabinet." The listing devotes most of its wording to the amenities: playroom, security, parking, community room, and gym, for when you get tired of pacing around your 349 square feet. (And if you're looking for something just a bit bigger, another listing in the complex clocks in at 393 square feet.)
1) Address: 346 91st Street #205
Square footage: 340
The Skinny: It's impossible to tell much of anything about this apartment from the sparse listing and tiny photos. But apparently there's a balcony and a washer/dryer in the apartment. And a storage room in the basement that's probably nearly apartment-sized.
· The 10 Smallest Apartments on the Market in Manhattan [Curbed]
· Inside a 240-Square-Foot Brooklyn Heights Studio [Curbed]
· NYC Apartments About to Become Smaller Than Ever Before [Curbed]