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61 East 77th Street via Douglas Elliman 61 East 77th Street via Douglas Elliman
When perusing real estate listings, it can be hard to tell which apartments are true two-bedrooms and which ones are being overstated. New York building codes are clearer on the matter: Legal bedrooms must be at least 80 square feet with a minimum of an 8’ ceiling height and at least one window no smaller than 12 square feet. They must also have two means of egress, and must not serve as passage to another room. With such criteria in mind, it's easy to sort the true bedrooms from the alcoves.

According to CityRealty data, the median price of a Manhattan one-bedroom is $1.216 million for condos and $725K for co-ops; two-bedroom medians are $2.495 million for condos and $1.495 million for co-ops. However, the following apartments under $1 million would be described as "1.5-bedrooms" that can serve as a happy middle ground and a wonderful starter home. The extra space can serve as storage space, a home office, nursery, media room, guest bedroom, yoga area, or whatever the buyer can dream up.
The Sutton View, Sutton Place
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347 East 53rd Street #1A floor plan Floor plan
Overlooking a quiet tree lined street, wall-to-wall windows and sunny southern exposure provide a ton of natural light all day long. The large L-shaped living room has already been converted into a nursery (which can also be used as a home office), and still has plenty of room for a designated dining area and living area. There is a sizable walk-in closet as well as an additional large custom closet. See further details here.
308 West 133rd Street, Harlem
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308-West-133rd-Street-3 Home office
308 West 133rd Street #6D floor plan Floor plan
Meticulously designed one-bedroom with home office in the heart of Harlem has great light due to oversized windows throughout and a private balcony in the bedroom. Top-quality materials complement the flexible layout, featuring hardwood oak floors, limestone countertops and backsplash, custom Italian kitchen, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, and Carrera marble baths. See further details here.
Mill Rock Plaza, Yorkville
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345 East 93rd Street #13B floor plan Floor plan
Meticulously renovated, this corner co-op one block from the subway has water views from every room, new white oak hardwood floors, and plenty of closet space. The large bedroom easily fits a king-size bed or a queen with sitting area. A nursery/home office adds even more useful space without detracting from the large living room with its fabulous river view. See further details here.
Chelsea Mews
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148-West-23rd-Street-2 Kitchen and loft
148-West-23rd-Street-3 Bedroom
148 West 23rd Street #9B floor plan Floor plan
Upon entering this high-floor, south-facing apartment, there is a perfect home office area or hideaway for guests with a sliding ladder up to the bonus loft area that can serve as a sleep or storage loft. The oversized bedroom can easily fit a king-sized bed, and the two floor-to-ceiling closets include a walk-in. This smart home is outfitted with Belkin Wemo smart switches, and a surround sound system has been pre-wired throughout the bedroom, bathroom and living room. See further details here.
16 Park Avenue, Murray Hill
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16 Park Avenue #10D floor plan Floor plan
The open floor plan of this stylishly renovated corner co-op offers one bedroom, as well as an additional, versatile room one can design to meet the needs of a unique lifestyle. The living room, bathroom and kitchen look out high above Park Avenue, all of which are optimized by the abundant storage space afforded by four huge custom closets. See further details here.
61 East 77th Street, Upper East Side
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61 East 77th Street #9/10D floor plan Floor plan
From double-height ceilings to double exposures, this stunningly unique duplex penthouse evokes a downtown loft aesthetic in an elegant uptown landmarked co-operative near Central Park. Ascend up the spiral staircase onto a spacious landing which offers the potential for a home office, den or guest room. Through the door on the landing is the bedroom, featuring an en suite marble bathroom and a walk-in-closet. See further details here.
Marlo Towers, Turtle Bay
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301-East-48th-Street-4 Floor plan
Located on the 19th floor, this beautiful, flexible apartment has windows in every room, which spotlights its northern and eastern exposures. In addition to the large dining area and sunken living room, there is a partitioned bonus space, which can serve as either a home office or a sleeping area. See further details here.
NINE52, Midtown West
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416 West 52nd Street #1G floor plan Floor plan
Upon entering this expansive condo with a home office, one will be drawn in by high ceilings and an abundance of natural light, three over-sized north-facing windows, beautifully stained white oak hardwood floors, and sleek modern finishes throughout the living and kitchen area. The spacious bedroom is fitted with two reach-in closets and over-sized windows. See further details here.
7 East 3rd Street, East Village
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7 East 3rd Street #14 floor plan Floor plan
Immediately upon entering this top-floor apartment, one finds a bonus room which can be used as an office, walk-in closet or perhaps a nursery. The spacious living room has four large, north-facing windows as well as exposed brick walls on opposite ends with a faux fire place. The windowed kitchen and windowed bathroom have recently been renovated. See further details here.
The Byron, Murray Hill
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165-East-32nd-Street-4 Floor plan
Fabulous contemporary one-bedroom in triple mint condition features an attractive layout, including a separate dining alcove which is currently a den but can easily be a home office or guest bedroom. Both the living room and bedroom have corner exposures north and west allowing for natural light to stream in all day. Tasteful built-ins around the west facing picture window add to the elegant decor of the living room and also provide excellent storage. See further details here.
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