A studio co-op in Kensington has a large foyer and a separate kitchen and dining area that may offset the disadvantages of the combined living room and bedroom. Three closets in the foyer and hallway make it even more homey space-wise. It also features some distinctive period details like arched doorways, a niche with shelves in the foyer, and moldings.
Located on the third floor of a World War II-era elevator building by Kavy & Kavovitt Architects known as The Homestead, the studio has windows facing north and east into a light well or small courtyard. The floors are wood in the foyer, parquet in the living room/bedroom, and tan tile in the kitchen and dining area.
The kitchen, with its generic cabinets and neutral colored tiles, along with similar style bathroom, could perhaps be updated in a more contemporary style for greater warmth and aesthetic appeal. The bathroom has tan and white tile walls with a blue border, white and black diamond tile floors, and a built-in clothes hamper. The living room and dining area both have original radiator covers. The rooms also have their original moldings, coved ceilings, and a series of four stately arched doorways.
280 Ocean Parkway was completed in 1940, according to the certificate of occupancy, and contains 114 units. A real estate brochure from the time promotes the arched openings, concealed radiators, spacious dinettes, shared recreation room and ballroom in the basement, and two elevators.
This unit has a low monthly maintenance fee of $268, and the co-op has a live-in super, central laundry room, and additional storage and bike storage. Listed by agents Tom Le and Justin Tierney of Corcoran, the studio is offered for $299,000. How does it sound?
[Photos via The Corcoran Group]
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