Smartly Renovated Two-Bedroom in Cypress Hills Co-op With New Kitchen, 5 Closets Asks $2,300

Photos via The Corcoran Group

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This two-bedroom rental on the top floor of a 1939 Cypress Hills elevator co-op appears to be in immaculate condition and is not too pricey, relatively speaking. While it still retains some of its vintage arched doorways, the original one-bedroom has been split into two and the wet rooms updated.

Designed by well-known architect Benjamin Braunstein, apartment No. 602 at 224 Highland Boulevard has white walls and hardwood floors. The original arched doorway between the foyer and living room has been opened up to give the unit a loft-like feel.

The living room has floors with an inlaid dark border and tripartite windows at the far end. The open dining area is on a raised platform, and would have originally been surrounded by an iron railing, since removed.

The kitchen appears brand new and features floors that look like reclaimed wood, gray Shaker-style cabinets, a tin ceiling and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher.

The redesign removed a closet from the bedroom, then added a wall to split the space in two, allowing for nearly 11- and 13-foot-long rooms. It’s perfectly adequate for a queen bed, side table, dresser, and shelves in each bedroom, and both have windows. (Likely one room lacks a radiator.)

The bathroom is renovated and has its original tub, a new gray vanity, and white subway tile with a cobalt blue border. The unit has five closets.


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The six-story, 88-unit co-op has laundry in the basement, a part-time doorman and shared courtyard. The building originally debuted as a luxury rental named Highland House and advertised itself as being at the highest elevation in Brooklyn, which may be some comfort in an age of rising sea levels.

A brochure from the original Highland House launch pushes such amenities as concealed radiation–the built-in radiator covers are still there–and ample closet space–also still true. The advertised linoleum in the kitchen, built-in bookcase in the foyer, and steel sink cabinets are no longer.

The unit is available November 1, according to the listing, from agents Justine Lee-Mills and Meris Blumstein of Corcoran. Since the rental is in a co-op, board approval is required.

The unit, a fixer-upper at the time, last changed hands in 2017 for $210,000 in an all-cash deal.

Close to Highland Park and the Van Siclen J and Z stop, the apartment is renting for $2,300. Is that a good deal for the space and location?

[Listing: 224 Highland Boulevard, APT 602 | Broker: Corcoran] GMAP

224 highland boulevard

224 highland boulevard

224 highland boulevard

224 highland boulevard

224 highland boulevard

224 highland boulevard

224 highland boulevard

224 highland boulevard

[Photos via The Corcoran Group]

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