A Kensington house with a Mediterranean air has a wide garage in back and early 20th century Arts and Crafts features inside.
The stucco house with a hipped roof dates from circa 1914 and resembles a Prairie house, although it’s more vertical. Originally it likely had Arts and Crafts casement windows and matching French doors with lots of muntins. There doesn’t appear to be a 1940 tax photo for the property, but we get a view of its neighbor at 204 East 7th Street.
Inside are all manner of original details, including wood floors, a wood-burning brick fireplace and Arts and Crafts style staircase.
The entrance has an enclosed vestibule and a sunroom open to living room through a wide doorway. The front room features a corner niche with a wood-burning fireplace and a staircase with a half-landing. Its newel post and spindles are simple rectilinear shapes matching the window and door trim. The ceilings have original crown molding, and the floors are wood.
In the dining room is wainscoting with a bracketed plate rail in clear-finished oak. The kitchen and two bathrooms are both spacious but do not appear recently renovated and could both use an upgrade.
Upstairs, the bedrooms appear to be in good condition, with original parquet floors. A nice detail is the arched niche in the master bedroom flanked by small closets. A “loft” space indicated on the floor plan may have been a sleeping porch originally.
On a sweet street of similar houses, 200 East 7th Street is adjacent to larger developments, especially the 16-story Caton Towers looming in the back. Past that is Ocean Parkway, a sunken expressway.
Listed by Vera ‘Cappi’ Capozucca and the Cappi Colegrove Team of Brown Harris Stevens, the property is asking $1.599 million. Does that sound right for the area?
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