On the first floor of an early 20th century walk-up, this two-bedroom offers some prewar details like wood floors, French doors and picture rails. Located across from the Parade Ground in the Flatbush neighborhood of Caton Park, it’s a short jaunt to the oasis of Prospect Park.
Wrapping around the corner of Caton Avenue, 5 Stratford Avenue was known as Plandome Dwellings when it was first constructed in 1913. The moniker is etched above both entrances to the building and is visible in the historic tax photo, blazoned across the awnings that once graced the four-story brick apartment house. It was designed by Shampan & Shampan, an architecture firm that built a number of large apartment houses in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan in the prewar years.
This unit has two exposures, the longer of which faces Stratford Road. The living room is in the center of the apartment, with kitchen and bath near the entrance and bedrooms on the opposite end. The unit was renovated after a 2015 sale, but the living room retains its prewar details, including glass doors with transoms leading to each of the bedrooms.
If there was once a separate foyer and another room or hallway in what is now the living room, as the floors seem to show, the divisions were gone before 2015. There is a closet near the entrance.
The windowed kitchen has white cabinets and a fair expanse of butcher block countertop. A former pantry was converted to a closet to hold a washer/dryer and there is room for a small table and chairs.
A dash of color can be found in the bathroom, which has white fixtures and wall tile accented with green penny rounds.
One of the bedrooms, the larger of the two, has an expanse of windows facing Stratford Road while the other faces the building next door. Although the first floor is elevated, the proximity of the bedrooms to the gated entrance for the side yard may be an issue for some.
The 16-unit building has a common courtyard garden, private storage space and bike storage. Maintenance for this unit is $915 a month.
The apartment was last on the market in 2019 and sold for $532,000. Listed with Katie Feola of Corcoran, it is now asking $599,000. What do you think?
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