This apartment in Flatbush, built in 1937 and declared “worth investigating” in a Brooklyn Daily Eagle advert of the time, sacrifices light and space in the living room for an extra bedroom. While apartment 3A at 45 Martense Street is a legal one-bedroom, according to the listing, the second one, billed in the floor plan as a nursery/home office, is plenty spacious at 13 by 9.5 feet and lit on two sides by three windows.
The unit has nice intact Deco details like parquet, an arched entry to the living room, built-in shelving in the hallway, and picture rails. The kitchen and bathroom are updated, the former with tile floors, a stainless steel stove, and stone countertops. The bathroom has vintage black and white floor tiles, white tile walls, an original streamlined bathtub, and an updated vanity.
The master bedroom is also spacious, and the unit has four closets, including two of the walk-in variety. However, the reduced living room is tiny indeed at 13 by 10 feet, and has no windows.
The location is 45 Martense Street near the Church Avenue B, Q or 2, 5 stations. The facade has a variety of patterned masonry, with a glass block entry surround and a lobby with period Deco terrazzo floor, curving walls, recessed ceiling, and elevator ornamentation. An article from October 1937 on the recent completion of the building calls it ultramodern, and on the same page is a great ad about the building declaring it “worth investigating.”
Both touted the all-electric building, and that’s still the case today, with electric rather than gas stoves. Today it’s advertised as having two common lounges with free wifi, a common garden, a live-in superintendent, laundry, storage and bicycle storage. The unit is on the third floor of the six-story, 66-unit elevator building.
Laura Hess and Casey Soloff at Corcoran are showing it on Sunday October 13 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Previously traded for $166,250 in 2007, now it’s asking $489,000, with a monthly maintenance of $601. The ask appears to be in line with other sales of one-bedrooms in the building — perhaps reflecting its relative proximity to Prospect Park. Worth investigating?
[Photos via The Corcoran Group]
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