A garden-level rental in Bed Stuy has impressive living room woodwork, a renovated kitchen, and a landscaped backyard with horizontal fence. It’s inside a four-story, four-unit high Victorian brownstone with mansard roof, turret, arched windows and bands of rusticated stonework.
The entrance to apartment 1 at 697 Jefferson Avenue is beneath the dogleg stoop, and through a foyer and hallway.
The living room, in the front of the apartment, has wainscoting and other elaborate woodwork that looks like oak, a built-in buffet with drawers, and a three-sided bay window with shutters. Less picturesque are the down lights, exposed brick and new floors, but it all looks to be in good condition.
A new kitchen occupies a wall in the apartment’s center room. It has white Shaker-style cabinets, white tile backsplash, white countertop and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen layout leaves plenty of room opposite for a dining room table.
The bedroom, located in the rear, is pretty plain except for the former kitchen fireplace, which has been converted into a tiled niche with wall-hung shelves. A window overlooking the backyard is covered in security bars, but the new, modern door leading outside has only a large pane of glass.
The updated bathroom has black and white patterned floor tiles, a tile-in tub, and square white wall tile with gray glass tile borders.
The layout doesn’t exactly correspond to the floor plan in the listing, from Alexandra Newman at Corcoran. It appears to date from when the house was last on the market, when we noted the unfortunate loss of some of its details in a renovation.
The backyard is sizable, with paved areas — a mix of concrete, stones and brick — and planting beds, including a vegetable garden, all surrounded by a horizontal wood fence on three sides. Note the backyard is accessible via a gated path from the front yard, and there’s an empty lot next door.
You can check out the particulars in person tonight, August 1, at an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, August 3 from noon to 1 p.m. Is the ask of $2,400 ambitious for a garden one-bedroom?
[Photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group]
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