Charming Williamsburg Garden Apartment With Private Yard and Fireplace Asks $3,300 a Month

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In Williamsburg, here’s a garden apartment that’s charming but may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s located at 72 South 1st Street, a prime spot in the neighborhood only a block and a half from the recently opened Domino Park.

While slightly subterranean and apparently last renovated when Eisenhower was president, the home nonetheless gives off a ton of old-school character with its built-ins, fireplace and 1950s kitchen.

There’s a full wall of built-in storage in the main living area, including a closet with a sliding door, wooden shelves above a fireplace — which may be working, although the listing doesn’t specify — and pull-out drawers. An arched doorway leads to a windowless middle bedroom, which has more built-in storage.

The 1950s-style eat-in kitchen sports an iridescent tile backsplash and farmhouse sink. It lacks a ton of counter space but makes up for it with a nice amount of storage.

This leads out into a turquoise-painted and shed-like space adjacent to the garden. The bathroom, unfortunately, is not pictured.


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The backyard is exclusive to the unit and quite large. It’s furnished and stone paved in the front and overgrown in its depths, which are full of weeds. The listing is ambiguous about whether the yard comes with a barbecue or merely space for one, but one of the photos appears to show a grill cloaked in black at the back of the yard.

Located across the street from P.S. 84 Jose De Diego School, the apartment was photographed by Todd Selby, chronicler of hip-Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, when it was occupied by photographer Bill Gentle and illustrator Fanny Bostrom.

With the pending L train shutdown sure to strain transportation, the home might be best for cyclists or those who work nearby. And if you have a dog, you should look elsewhere — they are not allowed.

Douglas Elliman’s Binnie Robinson and Justin McMahon have the listing, which is asking $3,300 a month. What do you think?

[Listing: 72 South 1st Street #1 | Broker: Douglas Elliman] GMAP

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