Magical gardens surround this $775K Alphabet City aerie

The gardens are open to the public but the views are all yours from this well-configured studio at 257 East 7th Street in the easternmost reaches of the East Village. The block is, as the listing suggests, one of the neighborhood’s most picturesque, with a history of community pride by longtime homeowners and a rare eclectic collection of historic townhouses. The verdant Flowerbox building, one of the neighborhood’s first and most beautifully-designed luxury developments, is next door, and the East River Park foot and bike path is steps away. This charming studio is asking $775,000.

The studio may not be huge, but there are lots of custom additions that make it more than merely livable. Two large closets, built-in cabinets and shelving keep clutter out of sight. An extra large banquette can double as a guest bed (or perfect nap zone) with storage underneath. In the living room space, tall cabinets and open shelving give your stuff room to expand. Also in the room-to-expand department, an alternate floor plan (see the gallery below) outlines how the space could easily become a one-bedroom apartment.

In the kitchen, brand new appliances are integrated into a windowed workspace with butcher block counters and ceramic tiles; glass-fronted upper cabinets give the illusion of spaciousness and nine-foot ceilings add to the room’s lofty feel. In the bath, lovers of claw-foot tubs will be in bathtub heaven.

Another daily gift: protected views into one of the neighborhood’s most famous community gardens–and this boutique pre-war co-op has its own planted rooftop for residents to enjoy year ’round. The pet-friendly building also offers an exercise room and basement storage.

To hear it from the current owners, a young creative couple–she’s a photo producer, he’s an actor who has owned the apartment for 17 years–the space isn’t merely cheerful but charmed as well. They’ve lived without incident together for five…

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