In Midwood, another prewar elevator apartment of good size and decent price with Art Deco features like scalloped doorways and niches also has a recently updated kitchen to its advantage. Others we’ve recently featured have been for sale, but this one is available for rent.
The architects are Kavy & Kavovitt, designers of hundreds of apartment buildings in Brooklyn and Queens during the period, and this one, with stylish metal lettering above the entrance with the building name, “Versailles,” has modern space planning characteristic of their projects.
The entrance into apartment 2H is into a foyer with decorative scalloped doorways and built-in shelves in a niche. It has a coat closet and enough space to serve as dining room, office, library or mudroom.
To the left, the eat-in kitchen with dining niche has been updated with white Shaker-style cabinets, white subway tile walls, dark stone countertops and gray tile floors. Straight ahead is a spacious living room with two windows, parquet floors with decorative inlaid borders, and probably enough room for a dining area and bookcases as well as seating.
A hallway that leads to the bathroom and bedroom has three closets, including a deep linen closet, and is big enough to function as a dressing room.
The floors throughout the apartment are hardwood. The bedroom has light on two sides and two closets. Around the corner, the original bathroom appears to be in excellent condition, with pale orange tiles with black bullnose borders, matching pale orange tub, and classic black and white basketweave tile floor. The vanity, toilet, and medicine cabinet have been updated.
1717 Avenue N was completed in 1937, the certificate of occupancy shows. The GoogleMaps view shows off the Art Deco entrance, which has a circular window in the door, and abstract floral decorative panels to either side. The lobby pictured in the listing, from Naftali Caplan of Zjama Realty Corp., also shows off plenty of original detail, including some snazzy patterned floors, and you can find other photos in older listings that show an apparently original mural of a pastoral scene.
Close to the Avenue M station of the Q train, the building has laundry and a super. The unit is asking $1,795 a month. In other parts of the city, that sum is practically unheard of for the amount of space–1,000 square feet, according to the listing–but it’s comparable to other one-bedroom rentals in the building in the past year. Nonetheless, the listing indicates they’re looking for $80,000 in income for the tenant. Is it a good deal?
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