Top-Floor Art Deco Co-op With Arches, Original Kitchen Cupboards, Updates Asks $479K

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This large top-floor one-bedroom in a six-story 1937 Art Deco elevator co-op in Flatbush has most of the original details, including original hardwood floors, parquet in the living room, arched doorways and kitchen cupboards. The foyer benefits from three arches, one crowning a niche with shelves.

The layout has an eat-in kitchen and bathroom in the middle, flanked by the large living room and bedroom. All of the windows face west, and both the bedroom and living room have two apiece. As a sixth-floor apartment facing three-story townhouses, this may offer excellent afternoon sun and twilight colors.

The kitchen has a wall of original built-in cupboards reaching to the ceiling, space for a kitchen table framed with wainscoting, and a floor that has been nicely updated with classic black and white tile. We don’t get a view of the sink, countertop or appliances, except for the white refrigerator.

The bathroom is nicely updated with white subway tiles and a triangle-patterned white tile border. The white Shaker-style vanity looks relatively new, as does the Deco-style medicine cabinet.


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All in all, the apartment appears to be in perfect move-in condition. It’s located at 45 Martense Street, and the 66-unit building is all electric, including stoves. It has some spectacular Art Deco details, including a patterned brick facade with a classic curving Art Deco entry and a shipshape lobby with terrazzo floor, curving walls, recessed ceiling, and snazzy black and silver elevator ornamentation.

When the building opened, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle called it “ultramodern,” and an accompanying ad declared it “worth investigating” in a delightful period typeface, as we recounted in an October article about another unit for sale in the building, now in contract.

It has two common lounges with free Wi-Fi (coming soon, says the listing), a common garden, full-time live-in superintendent, laundry and (for additional cost and with a wait list) storage and bicycle storage. Listed by Laura Hess at Corcoran, it’s priced at $479,000. Will it go quickly?

[Listing: 45 Martense Street, #5J | Broker: Corcoran] GMAP

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