Here we have a one-bedroom rental in Crown Heights in a 59-unit Tudor-style apartment building with five commercial spaces on the ground floor. With its mansard roof, patterned brickwork, and shield-shaped crest with a snake running through it over a ceremonial entry arch, the 1927 building has a touch of the grandiosity of the era.
The apartment itself is spare but has some nice details like a refinished parquet floor, scalloped doorway, and relatively modern-looking black appliances in a kitchen with a window. The well-kept vintage bathroom has what looks from the pictures like freshly grouted pale blue tiles, an updated sink cabinet and a big window.
Once upon a time, all of the apartments would have been rent regulated in 401 Schenectady Avenue. As of 2015, 25 had fallen out of rent regulation, according to PropertyShark, possibly indicating just how much rents have risen even here, where it’s a 31-minute walk to Prospect Park and an 8-minute walk to the 4 train.
Incidentally, the landlord has received some attention from the Fair Housing Justice Center for housing discrimination, according to a 2017 article in The Real Deal, and a lawsuit filed in federal court. It claims that black and white testers were treated disparately when they came to see apartments in a Midwood building, and that in this building the landlord turned down an applicant due to receiving federal assistance. Moreover, it forced tenants with children to take lead paint tests before moving in, according to the lawsuit.
On the plus side, the amenities include a 24-hour grocery on the ground floor and a Yours & Mine Jerk & Juice Center Inc., which appears to have delicious sorrel juice in stock. The apartment is being shown by Senad Qosa of Apuzzi Realty, and is asking $1,730 a month — if you apply, maybe don’t mention the discrimination lawsuit.