Windsor Terrace Co-op With ‘Homemaker’s Comfort,’ Updated Kitchen, Arches Asks $550K

An attractive World War II-era one-bedroom co-op in Windsor Terrace is located in a one-time multifamily rental building pitched as a “modern building complete with every feature for the homemaker’s comfort” in its 1941 real estate brochure, which also noted the building had views “unobstructed on all sides.” That may still be true of this top floor apartment with updates and original details such as arched doorways, hardwood floors and built-in shelves.

Apartment 5L at 140 East 2nd Street is spacious for a one-bedroom and nicely renovated, although entry is via the kitchen and the apartment has relatively few windows relative to its size.

Despite lacking a window, the combined kitchen/entry/dining area is a looker with four arches and a recently renovated kitchen. Located inside an arched niche, the strip kitchen has little in the way of cabinets and not a lot of counter space, but the substantial pantry makes up for it. It features a new wood counter on top of Shaker-style cabinets, bookended with stainless steel appliances. A subway tile backsplash is topped with a long shelf and highlighted by two pendant lights.

The brochure accurately calls the room a dinette, and it still has its shelves in a recessed niche although not its original advertised wallpaper.

The living room is big enough for an extra dining area and bookcases. The bedroom is also of good size and has two closets from wall to wall. The bathroom looks nicely maintained, and has a new pedestal sink, likely original corner tub, white subway tile walls, and hexagonal floor tile.

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140 East 2nd Street, originally called Hamilton House, was completed in 1941 and designed by Martyn N. Weinstein. The developer was Hamilton Construction Corporation. The building entry has a giant portico with columns over an arched doorway with a keystone. The complex has 114 units.

A captioned “artist’s sketch” appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle when construction finished, as did as a number of ads for the “distinguished” modern building, which supposedly answered a “long-felt need.” The three-bedroom units rented for $55, or $960.66 in today’s dollars.

The brochure said it also had a rooftop garden and play areas. Today, according to the listing, from Abigail Palanca and Courtney Smelter of Compass, there are two elevators, shared outdoor space, a bike room, storage, laundry room, live-in super, playroom and a new music room.

The unit last sold in 2013 for $250,965. Now it is asking $550,000. What do you think?

[Listing: 140 East 2nd Street, Unit 5L | Broker: Compass] GMAP

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