upper west side studio - w 102nd st

Moldings, beamed ceilings, and hardwoods bring big-time charm to this Upper West Side studio.

The Upper West Side is full of grand prewar buildings that are brimming with charming original details — that’s a big part of what makes this neighborhood such a perennial favorite, after all. Charm doesn’t come cheap, though, so when you come across well-preserved detail at an affordable price, it’s always worth a look. Our Rental of the Week is a perfect example, offering prewar prettiness at a surprisingly low price point.

Address: 235 W. 102nd St. #14B

Price: $1,950

Size: studio

Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Best feature: There’s nothing like prewar detail to make a one-room apartment feel less like a cold white box and more like a home: The moldings and ceiling beams in this Upper West Side studio give the space warmth, personality, and elegance. Beyond the interior’s charms, this apartment is located in the full-service Broadmoor co-op, which means 24-hour doorman service, a live-in super and dedicated maintenance staff, bike storage, and a shared roof deck, all just steps from both Riverside Park and the 1 train at 103rd Street. And good news for dog lovers: The building is both pet-friendly and conveniently close to the park’s 105th Street dog run.

Why it’s a deal: Getting all that in a highly desirable Manhattan neighborhood for under $2K per month — do you really have to ask why it’s a deal? In all seriousness, though, the median rent for an Upper West Side studio is $2,500, which puts this home a full $500 per month below the neighborhood average. That’s a bargain by any measure.

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Biggest drawback: It’s lucky that this building is so close to the many restaurants lining Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, because the kitchen is… petite. The stove and fridge are full-size, but counter space is almost nonexistent. If you love to cook, this is probably not the place for you. But beyond that, it’s a great deal in a great neighborhood, and it’s sure to be snapped up soon!

See the listing: 235 W. 102nd St. #14B, listed by Eva Graczyk-Chan at Douglas Elliman.

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