This early 20th century frame house at 387 East 5th Street in Kensington has some appealing features. It has stately painted columns framing the entrance to the open living and dining areas on the main floor. The inlaid wood floors on the main and second floors appear to be in pristine condition. And for its size — 2,130 square feet — it squeezes in an awful lot: five bedrooms and three full baths.
The house had the same owner from the 1980s until last summer when it sold for $1.15 million to an LLC. But these flippers clearly took care to retain some of the home’s details, including a stained glass window in the dining room.
The recently renovated kitchen has black granite counter tops, blue-gray subway tile and white cabinets. It’s a large, square space that would benefit from a table or perhaps an island.
The second floor manages to squeeze in four bedrooms and a bathroom. The smallest of the bedrooms — 9 feet 4 inches square — is perhaps best suited to a child, and another lacks a closet.
The master suite takes up the entire top floor. It’s a large space with three walk-in closets and an en-suite bath.
Though it is not pictured, the listing indicates that the basement is fully finished with a full bath and washer/dryer hook-ups — which would put the laundry room a long walk from the master bedroom on the third floor.
The house also has mini split air conditioning and radiator heat, going by the photos.
Outside, there is a large front porch with the original columns. The top stories of the house are clad in gray shingles; the first story, currently covered in Permastone, could benefit from the same treatment.
It sits on an 80-foot-deep lot that backs up onto apartment buildings facing Ocean Avenue. It includes ample parking in the long driveway and a two-car garage in the rear of the house. It’s a four-block walk to the Church Avenue F/G stop.
The house is listed by Carolyn Cedar of Douglas Elliman for $1.699 million. What do you think of the house and the ask?
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