Turning to the opposite end of the spectrum from well-preserved Park Slope landmarks to modern renovations, this two bedroom condo in Park Slope at 307 7th Street is carved out of Renaissance Revival walkup apartment building. There’s not a shred of original detail left, but it is updated in the standard condo style, what with the glistening kitchen machinery and white, white, and very white custom cabinets in the master bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Most of the walls are white too, with the exception of a few touches like gray accent walls and a black soapstone breakfast bar. It also has a red-brick wood burning fireplace and new wood floors.
307 7th Street was built circa 1906 (per press at the time and historic maps). On the outside, its tan bricks are interrupted by limestone sills with foliate lintels, slightly curved window bays, and recessed double doors with transom, framed with fluted columns and a decorative classical hood, all topped with bracketed cornices with a garlanded frieze.
Like many apartments of its era, it would have originally been configured with a parlor in the front, two bedrooms in the middle, and dining room and kitchen in the rear. The press around its original marketing mentions “open plumbing,” which dates to a time when the pipes around the sink would have been exposed for the purpose of preventing “bad air,” which supposedly caused illness, according to Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen’s treatment of bathroom history.
All that said, this one is not going to win any design awards, but it’s practical, with two bathrooms and a number of built-ins and seven closets, though not overly large. There is also mini split air conditioning and a washer/dryer in the unit, which is located on the second floor of the eight-unit building.
Listed by Kristin Miller of Corcoran, it’s asking $1.085 million. With monthly common charges of $295 and taxes of $146, it’s relatively affordable in the grand scheme of things. Good for the price?
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