Apartment Layouts in NYC
The following are descriptions of different apartment layouts in the New York City. Apartments (unlike rooms for rent) always
include a kitchen and a bathroom.
Studio - One room with kitchen (or kitchenette) and a bathroom.
Known elsewhere as 'efficiency'.
Alcove Studio - Studio apartment with a distinct, visually separate
area for sleeping. Usually 'L' shaped. More common in Doorman buildings.
Two Room Studio - Two
rooms studio where kitchen is big enough to be used for dining. Also known as 'Junior One Bedroom'.
Bedroom - Separate livingroon and bedroom spaces. Kitchen may be separate or a part of the living room (known as
an "open kitchen").
Junior 4 - 'Almost four rooms'. Living, bedroom, kitchen and dining
area. Found in luxury doorman buildings.
Convertible Two - Large one bedroom, usually with a dining
area. Sometimes conversion creates a living with no windows in the living room. ('Converted Two bedroom' is different - it
implies two bedrooms already exist).
Two Bedroom - Living room and two bedrooms.
Three - Large two bedroom apartment, usually with a dining area.
Classic Six - Very large
two bedroom - living, two bedrooms, separate kitchen, a dining room and servant's bedroom. Found in luxury pre war buildings,
mostly on Upper West and Upper East Side.
Three Bedroom - Living and three bedrooms. Three bedrooms
and larger layouts are less common and always in high demand.Duplex – An apartment that has 2 floors joined by a staircase
inside the apartment.
Loft – An open space apartment usually converted from commercial use
to residential use.
Floor through (commonly referred to as a floor-thru) – An apartment
that runs the whole floor of the building – from the front of the building to the back of the building (although not
necessarily using the entire floor, most often it is one half of the entire floor).
– Apartments with any time of outdoor space are highly sought after. They include: garden apartments, which tend to
be on the ground level with a garden in the back. Other outdoor spaces are: terraces, balconies, juliette balconies, and shared
Penthouse – The top floor of a building and it usually has outdoor space.