While Bay Ridge has not been a traditional a magnet for the downtown-centric professional class, the once-Republican stronghold just flipped to the Democrats, and attracted hordes of bohemian canvassers during the last election season. Situated along the shores of southern Brooklyn just after the rapidly developing Sunset Park, this 1923 fully detached Dutch colonial cottage at 7302 Ridge Boulevard really puts itself out there with a gambrel roof and a nicely tended garden on a corner lot.
Inside, original hardwood parquet floors, stained glass windows, a generous enclosed sun room, a well-preserved 1950s kitchen straight out of Leave It to Beaver, and three ample bedrooms offer a bit of a fantasyland of space that is still technically in New York City. There’s even a two-car garage, and the master bedroom has a terrace.
The idyllic living room with a fireplace recalls the 1929 “Small Homes of Architectural Distinction: A Book of Suggested Plans Designed by the Architects’ Small House Service Bureau, Inc.,” published by Harpers as an official guidebook for “the man who would build a house for himself.” The livable Dutch Colonial glorifies the arrival of the living room and the passing of the old-time parlor: “When an architect arranges the detail of a modern small house plan the living room gets his first consideration. It must be of generous proportions, have well-placed windows and an open fireplace. There must be spaces for furniture, room for people to move about. There may be dust in these rooms, but there is also light and life. As ‘living rooms’ they are well named.” We concur!
A basement with a separate entrance can be used as a “professional office,” the listing suggests, and behind the kitchen is tucked a mudroom and two closets for gear and tools. If you ever wondered where those express buses go, this is one of the places: The X27/X37 runs from 3rd Avenue, which is lined with the kinds of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare locals know is the area’s secret weapon. A ferry stop only 15 minutes away offers an alternative to the 14-stop R train ride to Whitehall/South Ferry, the first stop in Manhattan.
Listed by Gina Bartnik of Corcoran, the house is asking $1.395 million. Is it worth the ride?
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