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In the world of real estate, the studio apartment is defined as one room with a separate bathroom. The Daily News notes that the term was coined in the 1920's to make these small apartments sound more romantic and artistic.

The Daily News article also predicted the slow death of studio apartments, but this model is as popular as ever. While some apartment hunters seek studios as investment properties or, in some of the more upscale buildings, housing for staff, most buyers are simply interested in a starter home. However, the following well-appointed studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn's hottest neighborhoods may prove too attractive to leave.

Unique Union Square Living
111-Fourth-Avenue-1 All images of 111 Fourth Avenue via Halstead
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Meticulously designed loft in the onetime International Tailoring Company Building is rich in prewar details like beamed ceilings and a west-facing wall of 10' casement windows. The open kitchen is outfitted with marble countertops, tasteful lighting, and modern appliances. An upstairs loft can be used as a sleeping area, home office, extra storage, or whatever the buyer desires. See floor plan and full details here.

Chelsea Charm
305-West-16th-Street-1 All images of 305 West 16th Street via Core
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305-West-16th-Street-3 Private terrace
West-facing apartment in a prime downtown location opens up to a spacious private terrace with gorgeous treetop and city views. Interior features include bamboo floors, in-unit washer/dryer, and bath with custom vanity. The kitchen is outfitted with Caesarstone countertops, custom cabinetry, and high-end appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

Vintage Village Apartment
184-Thompson-Street-1 All images of 184 Thompson Street via Douglas Elliman
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184-Thompson-Street-3 Sleeping area
Upon entering this mint condition apartment, one is greeted by an eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances and Caesarstone countertops. A few steps up, the living room opens up to a private, south-facing balcony overlooking gorgeous treetop views. The building is only two blocks from Washington Square Park and well situated on the cusp of Greenwich Village and Soho. See floor plan and full details here.

Upper-Class Living on the Upper West Side
2250-Broadway-1 All images of The Broadway via Corcoran
This spacious, south-facing studio comes with both a built-in Murphy bed and a flexible floor plan allowing for conversion to a true one-bedroom. Additional features include an open pass-through kitchen, marble bath, and generous closet space. A private balcony has garden views and enough room for a table and chairs. See floor plan and full details here.

Downtown Delight
2-Horatio-Street-1 All images of 2 Horatio Street via Corcoran
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2-Horatio-Street-3 Sleeping alcove
Smartly laid out studio in a prime prewar building is filled with sunlight and open views of West Village townhouses, not to mention prewar details like beamed ceilings, picture rails, brass hardware, and oak flooring. The windowed kitchen is outfitted with wood cabinetry, granite countertops, and LG appliances. Off the living room, a separate sleeping alcove allows for extra privacy. See floor plan and full details here.

Marvel in the Meatpacking District
838-Greenwich-Street-1 All images of 838 Greenwich Street via Douglas Elliman
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Perfectly proportioned studio boasts exposed brick, soaring ceilings, hardwood floors, and a wood-burning fireplace. The open kitchen has recently been renovated with marble countertops and gas range. Between the historic West Village in one direction and the rapidly redeveloping Gansevoort Street in another, this apartment enjoys excellent proximity to New York's past, present, and future. See floor plan and full details here.

Tranquility in Turtle Bay
25-Tudor-City-Place-1 All images of Tudor Tower via Douglas Elliman/Josh Rubin
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Oversized casement windows fill this centrally located studio with incredible natural light and views of United Nations Plaza, the East River, and the Queensboro Bridge. Soaring ceilings give the well-proportioned space an airy atmosphere. Building amenities and staff include 24-hour doorman, live-in superintendent, on-site laundry, bike room, and roof deck. See floor plan and full details here.

A Cobble Hill Classic
177-Amity-Street-1 All images of 177 Amity Street via Corcoran
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Graciously laid out studio on a beautiful Brooklyn block boasts open layout, high ceilings, exposed brick, hardwood floors throughout, and generous storage space. South-facing bay windows flood the apartment with light. The pet-friendly building offers a central laundry room, bike room, and easy access to the neighborhood's best dining, nightlife, shopping, fitness, and transportation. See floor plan and full details here.

High Living in the Middle of Midtown
457-West-57th-Street-1 All images of Addison Hall via Corcoran
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457-West-57th-Street-3 Sleeping area
Top-floor apartment boasts 9' beamed ceilings, generous closet space, southern and western exposures, and spectacular sunshine and downtown skyline views. The windowed bath is finished with white subway tiles and periwinkle blue accents. Central Park, Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and myriad transportation options are a short walk from the building. See floor plan and full details here.

Prospect Heights Paragon
400-Lincoln-Place-1 All images of 400 Lincoln Place via Corcoran
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400-Lincoln-Place-3 Sleeping area
With its creative use of space and custom storage throughout, it's no wonder this beautiful Brooklyn apartment was a winner of Apartment Therapy's "Small Cool Contest." The open kitchen is outfitted with marble countertops and high-end appliances. Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the neighborhood's best shops and dining are a few blocks from the building. See floor plan and full details here.

Honorable Mentions
111-West-11th-Street-1 111 West 11th Street via Compass
120-Riverside-Boulevard-1 120 Riverside Boulevard via Corcoran
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