Apartment Terminology

Alcove

an area adjoining the living room which can be used for a dining area or be separated or closed off to make a bedroom, den or office.

Classic

in a pre-war building, an apartment which has a formal dining room, and, in a larger apartment, one or two maids' rooms. A "classic 6", for example, is a six-room apartment in a pre-war building that has a living room, formal dining room, two bedrooms, kitchen, maid's room, and 1, 2, or 3 baths. In the larger classics, it is common to find the smaller maids' rooms combined into one larger room. Frequently, pre-war buildings have been gutted and "rehabbed," but room counts and layouts will usually be listed according to their original configuration.

Convertible, Flex or Junior

an apartment with an alcove off the living room which can be converted to another bedroom or used as a dining area. A "convertible two-bedroom" or "flex two" is a one-bedroom apartment with a large alcove and one or two bathrooms.

Flex

see "convertible" or "junior"

Furnished Units

apartments, which are fully equipped with furniture and amenities. Such apartments are for long or short term lease.

Junior

a "junior 4" would be a potential 4- room apartment: living room, bedroom, kitchen, and alcove area (bathroom is not counted as a room).

Loft area

sometimes found in an apartment with high ceilings. It is typically an area, accessible by ladder or small staircase, which has been built for storage or as an extra sleeping or living area.

Studio

a studio is a two-room apartment (the kitchen is considered one room). An "alcove studio" is a studio with an alcove for dining or sleeping. A studio with a windowed alcove large enough to be a bedroom can be referred to as a "junior one-bedroom" or "junior 3" (three rooms).

One-bedroom

A one-bedroom is a three-room apartment (kitchen, living room, and bedroom). A one-bedroom with a windowed alcove large enough to be a bedroom is called a "junior 4 (4 rooms), "flex 2" or "convertible 2" (convertible to two bedrooms).

Two-bedroom

a two-bedroom can be a four, five or six-room apartment. A "flex 3" or "convertible 3" is a two-bedroom apartment with space for an additional room (third bedroom, dining room, den, maid's room, etc.).