An attractive apartment in a 1912 Finnish cooperative a block away from Sunset Park nicely balances preserved woodwork with modern improvements — and not only the electric light specified in an early listing of apartments available in South Brooklyn near the new 4th Avenue subway. This one is on the fourth floor of a walkup building at 546 40th Street.
It’s a corner two-bedroom unit facing northwest, with light coming through a setback between the adjacent building. The master bedroom has an additional southwest exposure, with pocket doors separating it from the combined dining-living room.
The living-dining room and kitchen both have exposed original moldings, and in the photos, we see hardwood floors with decorative borders throughout, as well as wooden baseboards in most rooms. The living-dining room also has a built-in china cabinet, and the second bedroom features a built-in bookshelf with rounded display shelves and a niche for a desk. The layout shows four closets in the foyer and hallway.
Note that if two bedrooms are not needed, the master bedroom can serve as a living room, freeing up the combined living-dining room to serve solely as a dining room. What is more, the built-in bookshelf in the second bedroom comes with a Murphy bed, the listing says.
In the kitchen, a stainless steel chef’s range stands opposite a wall of wooden cabinets with a dishwasher and stone countertop. The floor is decked with a slate-like material.
The bathroom features a claw foot tub and pedestal sink. White floor tiles are accented with black diamond, borders and a stripe.
The building at 546 40th Street was built circa 1912 as the Florence, the name visible in carved limestone above the main entrance, decorated with a swag and topped with a corbeled balcony. It appears to have been originally constructed as a rental building and converted to a co-op in the 1920s. The 1915 ad says apartments back then rented from $23 to $27 per month.
Now it’s selling for $599,000, with a monthly maintenance fee of $535. John Wescott and Tim Stanard at Corcoran are showing it. Is it the right price?
[Photso via The Corcoran Group]
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