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West Village’s 242-square-foot ‘wee cottage’ returns for $429K

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The apartment has gotten space-saving upgrades—and a price cut

A small apartment in New York City with two windows, a fireplace, and a Murphy bed, that also has several plants for decoration. Courtesy of Halstead Real Estate

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.

The West Village’s “Wee Cottage” is back.

The 242-square-foot studio at 352 West 12th Street, which Curbed profiled back in 2014, is now on the market asking $429,000. That’s a significant discount from when it listed in 2018 for $550,000, but is still an increase the price its owners, Jourdan Lawlor and Toubin Ludwig, originally paid; they nabbed it for under $300,000.

The jump in price is likely due to the pair’s investment in the apartment; they created a cozy and totally livable home out of the tiny, 242-square-foot studio. “We agreed to renovate and maximize the space,” Lawlor said in 2014, and the couple added a Clei couch-Murphy bed hybrid, a pocket table, and other space-saving furniture to make it a real home—one that the listing touts as “designed for precision and performance.”

The apartment also has the benefit of being in a charming West Village building that comes with its own private garden, which the unit itself overlooks.

This tiny apartment is listed with Halstead’s Helene Zera for $429,000, with monthly maintenance coming in at $624.

The kitchen and living room of a small studio apartment has a couch, fireplace, and cabinets, all of which are in neutral colors.
The bathroom of a small apartment has a subway-tiled shower stall, a sink, and a wood-framed mirror.
A living room with a wooden coffee table, a modern couch with a throw rug, a modern chair, and a ceiling fan.