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Welcome back to The Six Digit Club, in which we take a look at a newish-to-market listing priced under $1 million, because nice things sometimes come in small packages. Send nominations to the tipline.

A one-bedroom apartment on West 86th Street that's practically on top of a subway stop and a bus stop, that's a block and a half from Riverside Park, and that has both prewar details and an up-to-date kitchen and bathroom? It's sort of a unicorn—and an affordable one, in this case. Actress and artist Denise Wilbanks has made the most of about 600 square feet, maximizing storage, infusing the place with some flair, and generally creating an adorably, stylishly cozy home. French doors! A decorative fireplace! A bay window! Asking $449,000, the co-op is, according to the brokerbabble, "ideal for those who seek sunny days in a unique, soulful home." In this case, for once, the jargon might not be so overblown.

The other unit on the third floor is in contract asking $515,000, so this place will probably go fast.

· 278 West 86th Street #3A [Halstead via StreetEasy]
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