The Upper West Side is effortlessly cool. There’s easy access to Central Park, with a neighborhood feel and quiet pockets that offer a respite from the busy city. It’s no wonder prices here are consistently high. But if you’re hoping to buy in the neighborhood on a budget, don’t despair. Our Deal of the Week, 111 W. 70th St. #1F, is an Upper West Side duplex with 1.5 bathrooms, just one block from the park. And it’s significantly cheaper than the area’s median asking price.
The Price: $549,000
This Upper West Side duplex is located in the neighborhood’s Lincoln Square submarket. The median asking price for an UWS home is $1.6 million, according to the StreetEasy Data Dashboard. That means our Deal of the Week’s price tag is literally a million dollars below average for the area!
Buyers who put down the 20% minimum down payment of $109,800 can expect to see monthly payments of $2,807. This includes a mortgage payment of $1,842 and a maintenance fee of $965. By comparison, the median asking rent on the UWS is $2,995.
Why You’ll Love It…
A duplex always scores major points. Having two floors gives you the ability to separate your sleeping space from your living space completely. (If you’re working from home, that separation can make a world of a difference!) Plus, who doesn’t love a good spiral staircase? The space-saver looks pretty sweet in this Upper West Side duplex’s bedroom area. The lower level also has a window, two closets, and a convenient half-bath.
On the upper floor, you’ll find an open kitchen with a dishwasher and a good amount of cabinet space. There’s a breakfast bar and more than enough room for a dining set or desk, too. In the spacious living room, two large street-facing windows bring in light all day long. This level also contains a full bath and another good-sized closet.
Finally, our Deal of the Week’s location is tough to beat. It’s set in a gorgeous prewar co-op on a pretty, tree-lined street that’s just a block from Central Park. It’s also within a few blocks of endless shopping, bars, and restaurants. And of course, Lincoln Square means that Lincoln Center is right nearby.
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… And Why You Might Not
This Upper West Side duplex has 1.5 baths, which is great. But, oddly enough, the full bath is on the upper floor while the bedroom is on the lower floor. That means you’ll have to walk upstairs to shower in the morning — and potentially back down again to get dressed. (First-world problems, sure, but still a little odd.) The bathroom’s pink and gold tile is also a bit dated. And finally, this is a first-floor apartment. That means no stairs to climb, but it might not be for everyone.