What can you buy for $2,000 a month?

New York City

Address: 209 W. 104th St #1F
Price: $439,000
Square feet: 450
Cost per square foot: $976

This Upper West Side studio apartment is the epitome of New York City real estate: small and expensive. It has the highest cost per square foot of any home on our list, and it's the smallest. For $439,000, you'll get a recently renovated alcove studio located in a 46-unit prewar building. The condo has new flooring, three closets and high ceilings, and the kitchen comes with stainless-steel appliances. Of course, the location is breathtaking, with Columbia University, Riverside Drive and the Hudson River parks just a short walk away. The building also has a live-in super, bike room and on-site laundry. If you noticed that the cost of this condo is lower than any of the other places on this list, you're right — but this condo also has HOA fees of $305 a month. Combined with your mortgage payment, the total comes to about $2,000 a month.

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Contact: Mary Murphy Owens of Town Residential at 917-292-8982.