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Charlie’s Positively Adorable Brooklyn Apartment For Sale

So he’s off the show...does that mean his apartment is on the market now?

Laura Allan

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Girls will be girls, right? Well, that’s certainly the case with HBO’s hit series, created and starred in by Lena Dunham. With the fourth season on the horizon (January 11th!) it’s fun to look back and reminisce about all the fun and hard times our dear New York foursome has gone through. There have been so many boyfriends, flings… and of course a few real sweethearts we had to say goodbye to.

No matter how you cut it, Charlie’s pretty easy to miss. But given that this is the Movoto Real Estate Blog, we also miss things about him… such as his terrific tiny apartment! No matter if he’s no longer in Marnie’s life, we can still salute him here by taking a closer look at where he lived and how much that would have cost.

After a little research, we found that Charlie’s little living space would cost $127,872.

Now, that might sound like a lot, but once you find out where this apartment is located and how big it is, you might be singing a different tune. In fact, there were a few things that we needed to find out before we came to this conclusion.

What We Needed To Figure Out

In order to figure out the price of Charlie’s stylish little abode, there were some simple things that we needed to figure out. Those things were:

  • Where is this apartment located?
  • How big is it?
  • How much do similar apartments in the area cost per square foot?
  • What is Hanna going to do about that writer program in Iowa?

Just kidding about that last one, but I’m sure you’re all waiting with bated breath for some answers. Luckily for you, the new season is almost here, and luckily for us, there are some superfans and helpful set designers to aid us in our quest for answers.

First up was figuring out how big this apartment was. Spoiler Alert: it was tiny.

It’s Not Quite A Target Ad

Even though Marnie refers to the space as being straight out of a Target ad, we think that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It‘s implied that Charlie built most of the furniture and features himself (in reality it’s mostly from Ikea), and the small space is laid out in a way really unlike most others.

The apartment was a studio, had no bedroom, no kitchen, not even any real closets. We do see the outside of the bathroom door at one point, but that’s about it. It does have a small, deco-looking table in one corner, but we’d hardly call that a dining room. So really, there’s not much to this place

Also, no matter how you spin it, that little cube where Charlie’s bed is does not count as a bedroom.

Maybe That Bed Cubicle Needs A Little More Headroom

Before we lay of the square footage of this spot, some brief fun facts. The set for this apartment was created in only four days, and while most of the furniture is Ikea, a lot of the accessories are vintage finds. The apartment is so small that several wall sections were designed move away to allow room for cameras (especially during more… intimate scenes).

All in all, set designers report that this apartment was 12 feet by 12 feet, making this home a measly 144 square feet.

Sure, he’s dressed it up all nice, made use of the space, and put his background in architecture to work (check out his backstory sometime), but that still feels like it would be pretty claustrophobia-inducing to me.

So where on earth would one find such a rathole (albeit a charming one)?

Brooklyn Heights Is Classy

By that logic, let’s start by saying loud and clear that this apartment is certainly not in Brooklyn Heights, and it is hardly classy. Really cool, yes, but not classy.

We do know that this group lives in Brooklyn, with their apartments being located in several different neighborhoods. However, show creators and set designers state that Charlie lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, an area commonly known as Bed-Stuy by locals.

It’s also worth mentioning that in recent years, this ethnically diverse neighborhood has begun to attract the artsy and hipster type. Just sayin’.

So, would a nice artsy guy like Charlie actually be able to afford this place?

Hanna Just Wants To Be Happy

And we want Charlie to be happy too, but with the price of living in this area, that’s kinda going to be difficult. Let’s start by saying that small apartments, not even as small as Charlie’s in the same neighborhood, go for around $1,200 per month. But let’s assume we’re buying, how much would that be?

To find the answer, we found more small studios for sale in the area, and averaged those prices per square foot, to find that property in this area costs roughly $888 per square foot. Using that and the tiny square footage of the apartment, we were able to find that Charlie’s apartment, in all it’s miniscule glory, would still cost a whopping $127,872.

For the size, that’s a little absurd, but you take what you can get in New York.

Happily Whatever After

By the way, how is it that Marnie hadn’t seen his apartment once till that awkward love-scene. I mean, how long had they been dating?

Sorry, with that venting out of the way, let’s look at the facts. Charlie would have to pay over $120,000 to buy his itty-bitty apartment, which might not sound like a lot, but given it’s size that’s way too much, even to live in the now popular Bed-Stuy area. Maybe that’s why he’s really no longer on the show—it’s that he could pay the rent!

Okay, now I’ve made myself sad. Just gotta look forward to that premiere. There are bound to be plenty of new guys around this season, right?

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posted on: January 5, 2015
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