Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment has become one of the most iconic places in New York City. A recent report shows that city tourists put “seeing Carrie’s stoop” before “visiting Statue of Liberty” on their “top 5 things to do in NYC” checklist that they keep in their fanny packs.
Okay, that was made up. However, it is a stop on bus tours. Even though it has been years since the show has ended, many of us are still curious: how much did she pay for her Upper East Side designer studio, and how much would it actually cost?
Location: 245 E 73rd Street (between Park and Madison)
Size: Jr 1/1 bathroom (no door separating bedroom from living space)
Floor: 2nd (not confirmed)
Square footage: 600
Type: Multi-family townhouse
What she paid: $700 (rent stabilized)
What Would We Pay Today For It? $2500-$2800
The closest thing on the market is a unit just a few blocks west at 59 E 74th St. It is smaller than Carrie’s original apartment at 245 E 73rd Street, yet it is similar in style. They are both townhouses with familiar character and cute stoops.
The unit is a five-floor walk-up studio. This means no doors again, which I really don’t think Carrie would mind. She would probably write a column about what it has taught her. She would mention something insightful like:
“Doors are for people who are hiding. Those of us who aren’t hiding don’t need a door because we invite the struggle in. The struggle makes us who we are.”
There is laundry in the building and the view does not suck. If you are looking for a closet like Carrie’s, stop. It’s not happening.
Location: 59 East 74th Street
Size: Studio/1 Bathroom
Square footage: 450
Type: Pre-war townhouse
Description: Massive Studio available for rent on the Upper East Side. Conveniently located by Central Park, Madison Avenue shops, Restaurants. Sunken Living room, exposed brick, deco fireplace. 11 ft. ceilings. Bright light throughout. Separate Kitchen with dishwasher and microwave. Laundry in the building. Walk-in Closet.
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