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This New York Condo Has One of the Smartest Small-Kitchen Hacks I’ve Seen

published Oct 19, 2023
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kitchen with pegboard walls, tile backsplash, and butcher block countertops
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If you’ve spent any time on the real estate side of TikTok or hunting for apartments yourself, you know New York has some pretty small apartments. But if I’ve learned anything from living in my own various small spaces over the years, it’s that less really can be more sometimes, if you get creative with things — from the layout, to DIYs, to storage solutions. 

The Details

  • Where: Brooklyn, New York
  • Price: $699,000
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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That’s one reason I relish scrolling through NYC apartment listings. If I look closely enough, I always spot something interesting in one of the photos. In the case of this gorgeous Park Slope, Brooklyn condo, it was a subtle kitchen feature. The neutral galley-style kitchen has wooden walls, two of which sport built-in pegboards. Pegboards, of course, are a brilliant way to make the most of your wall space — and convert it into easily accessible storage. The bespoke nature of the boards in this kitchen, though, make them look surprisingly chic and not at all like a storage solution you’d find in a garage. The listing photos show the walls cleverly being used to display a clock, floating shelves, and the standard pots and pans.

The kitchen also reduces visual clutter and even a tiny bit of space (hey, every square inch counts) with cutout cabinet pulls instead of chunky knobs. And neutral tones of wood walls and counters, sandy tiled backsplashes, gray cabinets, and green floors allow the small space to look interesting without doing too much. 

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The rest of the one-bedroom home makes excellent use of its space, too. The living room is painted bright white to let the natural light from the trio of windows bounce around, and a pendant light hangs from an intricate ceiling medallion into the center of the couch area, creating a lounging zone. Beyond that, the open living area makes room for a WFH zone and barstool seating at the kitchen peninsula.

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One of the biggest small-space luxuries of all? The bright bedroom features a rectangular nook which just perfectly fits a stacked washer and dryer. So long, laborious trips to the laundromat. 

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