Although only two rooms, this compact one-bedroom in Park Slope has some well-designed aspects to recommend it. Located on the third floor of a 32-unit prewar walkup, the co-op has an updated kitchen and bath that play nicely with the unit’s vintage details.
The front door opens into a parquet-floored living area with 10-foot-high ceilings, high baseboards, built-in shelves and a plate rail. The trim stops at the kitchen, which suggests the combined living-dining-kitchen was originally a dining room and part of a much larger apartment.
Although miniature, the kitchen is easy on the eyes and has just enough counter and storage space to be practical. It has new stainless steel appliances and wood paneled cabinets, half with glass doors, and a white stone countertop. A table with seating for four is squeezed into a corner.
Past the kitchen is a small hallway with the unit’s one closet. The bedroom at the end of the hall has hardwood flooring, picture frame molding, and a window into a small courtyard.
The bathroom, which retains its vintage white subway wall tiles and a Deco-era corner tub, has been updated with a new vanity with a marble countertop.
The building, whose address is 305 8th Avenue, was built in 1914, according to a story in the Brooklyn Eagle at the time. Dubbed Cranston Court Apartments after the builder, it retains most of its original facade details, a photo in the story shows.
The building exterior benefits from an impressive neo-Colonial entry pavilion with substantial columns holding up a terrace with balustrade above. The facade is brick and crowned with an ornamental diamond-shaped figures.
Located in the north slope near the park and Grand Army Plaza, the building has a “gorgeous common garden,” according to the listing, from agents Angela Ward and Patricia (Patty) LaRocco of Douglas Elliman. There is a laundry room, bike storage and additional storage in the basement.
The maintenance of $846 is on the high side for a two-room apartment, albeit one on a park block close to the 3rd Street entrance, playground and Litchfield Villa. It’s asking $475,000. For Park Slope, is it an attractive proposition?
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