Not ready to commit to a tiny house? Try a microstudio

Madison Raye Sutton is a New York City real estate agent who posts apartments from all over the city on her TikTok account — particularly handy for times like now when nobody feels entirely comfortable touring buildings.

Sutton reveals a lot of great and relatively affordable spots. Private garden? A washer and dryer in-unit? A DOORMAN? — but her “secret menu item” is microstudios.


Micro studios – the secret menu item of NYC real estate! Reposting and part two is already up! Email me for a discount code! #nyc #newyork

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“I’m going to let you know how you can live in New York, when you don’t know anyone, on your own for $1,300,” Sutton starts out saying at the beginning of the TikTok. “This was something I actually used when I first moved to the city and had zero cash.”

According to Sutton, a microstudio is a studio apartment with a bed and usually a sink, but you most likely share a bathroom and living room with someone else.

“[It’s] kind of like college dorm-style, it’s really efficient,” she adds.

Sutton introduces the Webster Apartments as an example. Located in midtown, the Webster Apartments has a lobby with full-time security and multiple common areas for studying or lounging.

“I paid $1,200 a month and that included two meals a day, as well as all of my utilities and Wifi, plus maid service,” Sutton explains in a follow-up TikTok.


Microstudios ; Part 2 – really affordable ways to live in NYC without roommates 30 day minimum stay Email me with questions! #nyc #newyork #nyceats

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Excuse me while I cry into the lease for my one-bedroom flex apartment.

Sutton added that the shared bathrooms on each floor were cleaned four times a day and there were weekly communal events like yoga classes and movie nights.

“I lived in Webster in 2017 and paid less for my room compared to friends living in NYU dorms WITH roommates,” one commenter said. Students, take note!

“How on earth did I go through my whole 4 apartments in 4 years nyc renting nightmare and never hear of this,” another asked.

“Women only??? Food included??? This is my dream,” someone wrote.

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