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Old 07-18-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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with all the apt. hunting i've been doing lately, I haven't been actively seeking any studio apts. (prob. because i've been avoiding them). I'm just really not interested in living in one room. but with my budget of $1100..i think i may have to consider it afterall

could anyone tell me how you liked living in a studio.
some questions to answer:

where was your studio? (manhattan, queens, etc)
was it just one room, L shaped, etc?
how much furniture were u able to fit? (a bdrm set only, bed & couch?
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I've been a studio dweller since 1991. It's a 1 room (12x20) studio with separate kitchen in a post-war coop building. What my shoebox lacks in physical features it makes up for in amenities. It's in the Village has a concierge, and roofdeck.

Some advantages to living small are that it's less to keep clean, cheaper (housing costs, taxes). In my case personally --- I'm single and enjoy living alone. But I can certainly see how it could be tight for a couple.

Sometimes I have a deja-vu dream where I rediscover a secret room that triples my space and I wonder how I could have forgotten it. You don't have to be Freud to interpret that.

Some of the disadvantages would be that it's hard to have parties, and any renovation is a big deal because you don't have another room to retreat to.

If this thread proves popular, I could take some photos to show how I have it setup.
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:00 PM
 
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I've been a studio dweller since 1991. It's a 1 room (12x20) studio with separate kitchen in a post-war coop building. What my shoebox lacks in physical features it makes up for in amenities. It's in the Village has a concierge, and roofdeck.

Some advantages to living small are that it's less to keep clean, cheaper (housing costs, taxes). In my case personally --- I'm single and enjoy living alone. But I can certainly see how it could be tight for a couple.

Sometimes I have a deja-vu dream where I rediscover a secret room that triples my space and I wonder how I could have forgotten it. You don't have to be Freud to interpret that.

Some of the disadvantages would be that it's hard to have parties, and any renovation is a big deal because you don't have another room to retreat to.

If this thread proves popular, I could take some photos to show how I have it setup.
thanks for your response. (& the bolded LOL)

may i ask how much furniture you're able to fit in there?
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I just threw together a little panorama.
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Studio apts. under alt=,000....do u like it?-imgp3693.jpg  
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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If you concentrate your search in pre war buildings you can probably find a studio apartment that is bigger than most 1 br's that can be made quite comfortable with a little ingenuity.
The studios in my building are around 600 sq ft.I have seen many ,many 1 br's that are smaller and some 2 br's that aren't much bigger.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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I live in a studio apt. in Queens. It is extremely large. I have a full sized bed, a sofa, dining room table & chairs, a desk, tv stand, dresser and a lot of space to spare! The main room is big enough to partition with some of kind of fake wall or screen into 2 separate rooms if one wishes to do so. There is small kitchen and a large hallway which is big enough to put small table with chairs. (In the past I lived in similar apt. where the hallway was narrower & kitchen large enough for a small table.) There are 3 closets and a bathroom.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:19 PM
 
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I live in a 20x20 studio on Long Island. I don't hate it, but obviously if I could afford something bigger, I would want that...but it is fine for me, just a single person. I have an L-shaped. I have a full-size bed, dresser, tv stands, large TV, loveseat, endtable, small desk w/ computer (ikea!), small table, small kitchen area, bathroom and 2 enormous closets.
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:54 AM
 
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chava what area of queens?
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:35 AM
 
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i too have had a studio since 1991. In Riverdale, the bronx. First one was large for a studio and had a seperate kitchen with 2 countertops (nice), this current one doesn't have that but instead has a huge walk in closet
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:50 AM
 
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where was your studio? (manhattan, queens, etc)
I used to live in a studio in Jersey City (was expensive though, $2150/mo, plus I had storage in the building at $200/mo, so total $2350/mo rent). I've since moved to a 1BR in Hell's Kitchen for $2500/mo and no storage.

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was it just one room, L shaped, etc?
This one had a large entry hallway, a separate pass-thru kitchen, a main room, and then a little hall leading to the bathroom. The hall leading to the bathroom had a large closet, the entryway had two. There was also a washer/dryer combo in the unit.

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how much furniture were u able to fit? (a bdrm set only, bed & couch?
Well, I didn't buy much furniture for it, I bought most of my furniture when I moved here. But I have a loft bed, so that improved things significantly. I pretty much just had that, a dresser, all my computer gear (yes, I'm a total geek), and a home entertainment center (largish). I could have fit in my couch that I have now and a coffee table without too much hassle.

All this was in 585sqft.
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