This co-op in a Ditmas Park building that opened at the start of World War II came with all the modern design features of its era, such as the advertised Hollywood bathrooms, built-in bookcases, glass enclosed showers, colored tile bathrooms and arched openings. The 1940 marketing brochure portraying the entrance portico as if it captured the whole proves that unrealistic renderings are far from a recent phenomenon.
Situated on the top floor of the six-story, 71-unit elevator building designed by Oscar L. Silverstone, Apartment 6B is a junior two-bedroom with plenty of space for books in the entry hall and some charming vintage details. These include parquet floors, built-in shelves in a niche in the foyer, and the aforementioned arched openings.
It has lost the colored tiles in the bathroom to an update, a variation on an earlier 20th century style, the classic all-white bathroom featuring subway tile walls, hex tile floor and pedestal sink.
The galley-style kitchen has also been renovated and perhaps makes up for the loss of color in the bathroom with bright red cabinets, stainless steel appliances and white countertop.
The living room is long enough for both dining and lounging areas, and the entry has plenty of space for books or other collections.
Both bedrooms are large, and the smaller of the two, which is designed to also be usable as a breakfast room or office, features a bay window. The bedrooms both have closets, and there’s also coat closet in the foyer and a linen closet in the hallway.
Overall the apartment has a pretty good layout, with both good circulation and privacy.
There is additional storage in the building, along with a laundry room, playroom, bike storage and a backyard, notes the listing, from DeAnna Lenhart of Douglas Elliman. The building is located at 385 East 18th Street, close to Cortelyou Road and the Kings Theatre.
The apartment last sold in 2009 for $390,000. Now it’s asking $650,000, and maintenance is $960 a month. Is it a good deal?
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