In addition to its roomy layout and top-floor location, this Ditmas Park two-bedroom offers up some design details typical of its 1940 construction like arched openings, built-ins and plenty of closet space.
The six-story, 71-unit elevator building at 385 East 18th Street was designed by architect Oscar I. Silverstone and completed by the summer of 1940 by builders William and Moe Carner. The restrained brick co-op has its most ornamental features at the entrance, with Colonial Revival-style details including pilasters, keystone arches, swags and a dentil cornice. Some of those details have been a bit altered and a tax photo of the then newly completed building shows it originally had a tad more decorative detail on the first floor with ornamental shutters at the windows.
An early ad for the building boasted “every modern facility” for tenants with the “ultimate in health and comfort.” A floor plan in a brochure for the building shows that this corner unit with three exposures still has its original layout. The entrance opens into a large foyer, complete with original niche with shelving and room for dining or a work-from-home perch. An arched opening leads to the living room and another to the hallway and the two bedrooms at the other end of the unit. One of those bedrooms has an en suite bath with built-in shower while the other has two exposures.
There are wood floors throughout and plenty of closets, with two in the hallway and three more in the bedrooms for a total of five in the unit.
The windowed kitchen is large enough to fit in a table or extra storage and has simple finishes, including a tile floor and white cabinets, that appear in fine repair.
Both baths have a black-and-white theme with white fixtures and subway tile on the walls and black trim tiles and accessories.
There is additional storage in the building, along with a live-in super, a laundry room, playroom, bike storage and a backyard. Maintenance for this unit is $1,288 a month.
Last selling for $675,000 in 2014, the co-op is now on the market for $890,000 and listed with DeAnna Lenhart of Douglas Elliman. Worth the ask?
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