A reasonably spacious one-bedroom for sale in a 1936 Park Slope Art Deco co-op at 140 8th Avenue has a few nice architectural features and three good-sized closets. The listing may overstate the versatility of the floor plan — a closet with the doors removed is not really a home office, nor is a closet a nursery — yet the apartment and its prewar details deserve a look.
Its advantages include attractive wood floors with parquet and inlaid borders, covered radiators, a vintage bathroom and a good-sized foyer. The latter boasts arched doorways, a large coat closet, and room enough for a bookshelf and a console (or center table and chair). The combined living and dining room is plenty large — at more than 22 by almost 13 feet — to serve both functions.
A kitchen accessed via French doors is a fairly small U-shaped arrangement with no windows at the center of the unit, but a passthrough to the living/dining room adds some natural light and a degree of openness. The kitchen looks to be relatively recent and has birch-colored wood cabinets in an unadorned modern style, compact stainless steel appliances, gray stone countertops and tan tile floors.
The modestly sized bedroom gets light on two sides through three windows and overlooks a courtyard. The aforementioned vintage bathroom has yellow wall tiles with black borders, an original Deco-era tub, a built-in hamper and a newish pedestal sink. A rather impressive Deco mosaic tile floor sports a 1920s-style plaid in shades of cream, brown and tan.
Unit 2N appears to be located on the second floor of the 94-unit building, which has two impressive Art Deco lobbies with murals and terrazzo floors and two shared courtyard gardens. The full-service building has an elevator, laundry room, and large room that can be reserved for events and doubles as a children’s playroom and conference room.
Designed by architect Martyn N. Weinstein, 140 8th Avenue is an orange brick structure with multi-paned black steel casement windows and an Art Deco entrance with canopy, patterned glass and ironwork. An architect’s sketch of it appears in a 1936 Brooklyn Eagle article on new apartment buildings.
Listed by Michele Silverman at Corcoran and asking $699,000, it has a relatively high monthly maintenance of $1,328 that includes all utilities. The unit also has a $55 monthly assessment until January 2023. What do you think of it?
[Photos via The Corcoran Group]
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