Situated on the top floor of an early 20th century walkup building just south of Prospect Park is a corner apartment with banks of windows overlooking the Parade Grounds and Stratford Road. Apartment 17 at 5 Stratford Road in Caton Park has an updated kitchen and prewar details such as built-in bookcases, wood floors, French doors with a transom, and picture rails.
The layout is unusual, with a long foyer leading to a slanted hallway. The two bedrooms are aligned at either end of the apartment, with the living/dining room taking advantage of the corner. The kitchen and bathroom are oriented at a sharp angle in between. The foyer and hallway contain coat and linen closets.
The kitchen has been renovated and features a washer and dryer built into Shaker-style cabinets. A colorful tile backsplash ornamented with Middle Eastern motifs, the counters are wood, and the appliances stainless steel.
Glazed French doors separate one of the bedrooms from the living/ dining room, and an additional set of French doors pass through the hallway. For some it might make a good dining room; possibly it originated as a flexible apartment that could function as a one or two bedroom. The other bedroom is roughly the same size and is pictured with a crib and a bed for a toddler. Both have closets.
The listing has it at more than 800 square feet. The bathroom isn’t shown.
5 Stratford Road has storage bins for rent, a bike room and a shared backyard. It is a 16-unit tan brick apartment house built circa 1913 and designed by Shampan & Shampan architects, which built a number of large apartment houses in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan in the prewar years. The entrance has a rather British Empire-themed limestone aperture, ornamented with shields, scrolls and ribbons. The words “Plandome Dwellings” are incised above the doorway — perhaps a reference to the Long Island town of the same name, home to the era’s famous dance duo Vernon and Irene Castle.
Meris Blumstein and Sydney Blumstein at Corcoran are handling the listing, which is asking $535,000 and has a $864 monthly maintenance. Is it a good price for the space?
[Photos via The Corcoran Group]
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