Here’s a two-family townhouse in Sunset Park dating from around 1900 with some attractive original features and updates. It’s located at 737 43rd Street, a half-block from the outdoor pool in Sunset Park.
Smartly updated since the last time it was on the market and apparently in move-in condition, something of a rarity in Sunset Park, the house is mostly white with pops of color.
It was originally built as two nearly identical floor-through apartments over an English basement, but some time ago (before the most recent sale), it was reconfigured as a roomy owner’s duplex over a garden-floor rental.
With wood floors throughout, the house has mostly white walls. There are built-in bookshelves in the den as well as in the dining area of the eat-in kitchen. The kitchen is fitted out with white subway tile walls, open shelves, and wood counters. The wood combined with the bright red and blue accent walls and doors give it all a warm rustic country vibe.
Beyond the kitchen is a small deck leading down to the garden, which has a concrete patio ringed by planter boxes.
On the top floor are three bedrooms, a media room/playroom/family room, and laundry room. The bathroom has been redone with gray tile floors, subway tile walls, a pedestal sink, and a preserved original clawfoot tub.
The garden-level rental is a one-bedroom. PropertyShark says the basement is below grade, but going by the photos, it could be more than 50 percent above grade. Altogether the house has three bathrooms.
Historic maps confirm that 737 43rd Street was constructed circa 1900. The Beaux-Arts-style bow-fronted facade looks to be masonry, although PropertyShark claims it’s wood frame. The bright blue door is accented with neo-Classical pilasters and an arch.
Above the entrance is another arched window, with a neo-Classical keystone, and the bracketed cornice is ornamented with a band of wreaths, as are panels above the bay windows. The house last traded hands in 2016 for $1.5 million.
Listed by Marta Maletz and Michael K. Davis of Compass, it’s asking $1.75 million. Is the price right?
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