Looking at the smallest apartments on the market is always a fun, if perhaps masochistic, activity, so we're doing it again for Micro Week. Here are 13 of the tiniest studio apartments that we could find listed for sale on Streeteasy. Since many of the brokers who created these listings smartly declined to include the square footage, we present them in rough order of how much they frighten us. First up, a studio on West 72nd Street that appears to weigh in at under 250 square feet and makes use of the old mirror-wall-to-make-the-place-seem-bigger trick, to minimal effect. It wants $325,000.
The listing for this prewar Turtle Bay studio, asking $260,000, declines to include a floorplan, but does list the size as an incredibly low 200 square feet. It includes a mini fridge and a weird, scary closet thing that looks like the kind of place Matilda would have been sent as punishment.
This apartment, a $299,000 studio on the Upper West Side, isn't smallest of the bunch (though it's certainly under 300 square feet) nor is it the shabbiest, but it does get a special dishonorable mention for including this sentence in the brokerbabble: "The ample space allows for a bed, a dresser and a kitchen table while still boasting the feeling of expansiveness." Come on, it's not like we can't see the pictures.
We're going to go out on a limb and say that this Upper East Side apartment probably includes more kitchen floor space than the average 255-square-foot studio. (Still no room for a full-size fridge, though.) It's basically a kitchen and a bed. It wants $345,000.
This income-restricted Harlem apartment, asking $109,000, doesn't look that small until you consider that there's no bed in the listing photo. (Actually, none of the staging makes sense—why is the TV directly across from the fireplace.) Anyway, yes, it's small.
This 300-square-foot Murray Hill studio gets bonus points for not having enough room for a real refrigerator but still finding space for a footstool. It wants $290,000.
This Yorkville studio, asking $289,000, doesn't list its square footage nor does it include a floorplan, so it's impossible to say how large it is, but smart money is on Not Large. The brokerbabble describes it as "cozy."
This sub-300-square-foot apartment in Midtown West is almost windowless and also arranged as if for a therapy session. The walls are very shiny and it's asking $320,000.
Also in Midtown West, this $272,500 studio is just a very small apartment—even unfurnished, it looks pretty claustrophobic. There is a closet and foyer, though perhaps that space could have been put to better use.
Located in the same Midtown West building as the last place, this 300-square-footer is another one that employs the old mirror-wall trick. Is it just us, or would it be weird to live in a studio apartment and be able to stare at yourself the entire time? Seems like it would be weird. This place is asking $325,000.
Another income-restricted place up in Washington Heights is asking $105,000 for what appears to be approximately 225 square feet. Other than the complete lack of space, it doesn't look too bad.
This Midtown East studio, asking $315,000, could be a lot worse. It has multiple windows, high ceilings, and a real refrigerator. On the other hand, it has been on the market for about a year and a half.
And finally, we have this Yorkville studio, on the market for $275,000. The listing says it's 350 square feet, which doesn't seem possible, going by the floorplan. In any case, it looks pretty cramped.
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