Here’s a striking yet challenging two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Park Slope.
Designed by renowned architect Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos in 2009, the 17-unit 580 Carroll Street is, like Richard Meier’s On Prospect Park, a rare signature building in a neighborhood known for brownstones. But unlike that building, this one is low-key and unobtrusive, with a height that matches surrounding buildings and a deep setback behind a shared garden.
The advances of contemporary architecture are clearly expressed in its setback courtyard — articulated with syncopated wood planks — pivoted floor-to-ceiling window bays, and an angled facade that peels balconies away from a standard block and plank structure (though this unit doesn’t have a balcony).
Across the street, rotate the Google map to observe how sharply it contrasts with the more bland infill of the previous era.
We like Norten, whose buildings are all different but share “a sense of dynamism and movement” as well as “engage the neighborhood around them,” as the New York Times put it in 2005. Last year we gave him a Brownstoner RADD Award for his unique design for Fort Greene’s 300 Ashland.
Inside, the unit is austere yet playful, thanks to the interesting angled windows (not unlike the sawtooth bays of a Neo-Grec brownstone), colorful blinds, artfully composed kitchen and bathrooms, and wood floors throughout. On the other hand, although Property Shark gives it more than 900 square feet, according to the floor plan it can’t have much more than 700 square feet of living space.
The sense of reduced living area may be due to the double hallways. There’s a walk-in closet identified in the second bedroom, but it’s unclear if there’s a closet at all in the master bedroom. The kitchen, while lovely to behold, is a strip on one wall of the great room.
Perhaps offsetting that, there is a private storage unit in the basement and a building bike room. The listing, from Wassim Fakhereddine and Flora Wu of Corcoran, promises quiet thanks to the setback from the street.
There is an in-unit washer/dryer, zoned heating and cooling, and parking available at an additional cost. With a 421-a tax abatement in place until 2027, the monthlies are low: $92 tax and $521 common charges.
The condo is asking $1.195 million. Would you take it over a similarly priced two-bedroom, one-bath co-op in a 19th century walkup?
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