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Ground-Floor Apartments Aren't Terrible—Plus, They're Cheap

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[A two-bedroom, two-bath in a former seminary.]

Veteran real-estate reporter S. Jhoanna Robledo has a big spread in the latest issue of New York magazine about the scorned mistress of city apartments: those on the ground floor. But wait, perhaps they should not be so maligned! They're not always dark as dungeons; they're not that unsafe, smelly, dirty, or eye-candy for peeping Toms. And, here's the logical rub: they're about 10 to 15 percent less expensive than their counterparts on higher floors. Those who live in them report both perks (no small talk in the elevator, outdoor space, no steps) and tricks (shades or curtains for privacy, daylight-simulating lightbulbs, security camera, mirrors). The piece also highlighted seven parlor-level properties on the market that don't suck at all, and we bring you photos and floorplans for four of 'em.

On Washington Street in Clinton Hill, the 2BR/2BA above is spread across three levels of a former seminary, with stained glass, vaulted ceilings, and a private yard. Asking $795,000, the sweet place is already in contract.

Available for $550,000, this one-bedroom, one-bath condop on York Avenue between 63rd and 64th streets has been on the market since October. There's even room for a separate dining area as well as a home office separated by French doors.

↑ Down in Greenwich Village, there's another condop. A petite 1BR/1BA on Charles Street wants $674,000. The bedroom may be tiny, but it's apparently "pin-drop quiet" despite being a stone's throw from Christopher Street, while the kitchen has plenty of storage as well as a dishwasher and a washer/dryer.

↑ In Williamsburg at the Casa Lofts on Conselyea Street lies this two-bed, two-bath duplex, which listed in October. For $865,000, you get 1,309 square feet that can actually accommodate up to three bedrooms (though the two on the lower level are a bit dim) as well as a washer/dryer and central air.
· Apt 1A [New York Mag]
· The Upside of First-Floor Dwelling [New York Mag]