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How An Architect Couple Designed Their $399K Harlem Studio

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Yet another baller husband-and-wife design duo, architect couple Kayt Brumder Pereira and Jorge Pereira (at Samuel Anderson Architects and Foster + Partners, respectively, with stints at SOM and DS+R between them, so you know they're good) bought their studio apartment in East Harlem back in 2005 for $290,612, when the Roosevelt Lane Condos first opened. During renovations in 2007, they added an unobtrusive lofted bed over an office space built for two, plus incorporated discarded furniture from a former employer and some drawers found on the street?all of which made their small, impeccably decorated space worthy fodder for a profile in New York Times' home section. Now the 571-square-foot unit at 277 East 111th Street, which comes with a north-facing 60-square-foot balcony, is on the market for $399,0000. It all begs the question: If non-architects moved in, or even a couple that was half-architect, would it still look so freakin' lovely? Good thing the Pereiras did the grunt work already.

· 227 East 111th Street #4D [CORE via StreetEasy]
· A Wall of Drawers and a Bartered Bed [NYT]
· All Microdwellings coverage [Curbed]