The listing calls this rental in Clinton Hill a junior one-bedroom, which appears to be real estate-speak for not quite a proper one-bedroom, since the room attached to the living area is less than eight feet wide. To the unit’s credit, it has wood floors, a carved Italianate marble mantel, crown molding, tall ceilings and three large windows.
Located in what was originally the best bedroom in the front of the building facing the street on the third floor, it has original doors and better than average light fixtures, including a mid-20th-century chandelier and a sconce. However, the six-and-a-half-foot-wide would-be bedroom has a closet whose door is positioned where a headboard would ideally go, making placement of a full-size bed slightly awkward.
Also to its credit, it has a new kitchen with tiny stainless steel stove and refrigerator, four white Shaker-style cabinets, subway tile backsplash, and a modern faucet. The sink is embedded in a counter with about an inch of total counter space all around. The bathroom is equally minimal but has room enough for a bathtub.
59 Lefferts Place is an Italianate brownstone with original railings on the stoop, protruding hoods over the windows and front door featuring foliate brackets, Juliet balconies on the parlor level, and decorative ironwork. The building was converted into seven apartments in 1959, according to the certificates of occupancy, and the first and second floors were combined into one apartment by 1983, along with the previous two apartments on the top floor, leaving four apartments in the building today, which probably accounts for why the unit is rent stabilized.
Its size seems to make it suitable for a pied-à-terre or perhaps a student; it’s about a 20 minute walk to Pratt. Robert Bell of Compass is handling the listing. Will it find a taker at $2,190 a month?
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