Sited at 435 13th Street in Park Slope, this one-bedroom condo has an unusual claim to fame: Author Pete Hamill lived here for two years in the early 1940s, from the age of six to eight, according to his memoir, A Drinking Life. The book gives the exact address and the location of the apartment (“first floor right”).
He called it “roachy” and the cellar “damp” — we have to presume those adjectives no longer apply since the building was remodeled and converted into condos.
In its latest incarnation, the apartment has charm, a fair amount of space and a fetching private garden with a trellis. On the downside, it’s also got a cellar-level bedroom, as currently configured, though there are other ways one could arrange it.
The top floor — at garden level — has a large living room in the rear, with a smaller dining area with a decorative brick fireplace in front, next to the kitchen. The living room has a door to the garden and a spiral staircase leading downstairs, where there’s a narrow bedroom with a carpeted floor, a half bath, and a small office or storage space.
Whether that bedroom is legal is an open question — there’s a window and a door that presumably leads up to the garden.
One could put a bed in the living room and experience a considerable bedroom upgrade, though that’d leave you using either the small dining area or the subterranean space as a living room, neither of which is ideal.
The kitchen is updated, with quartz countertops and a Bertazzoni range. The full bath has floor and wall tiles of Carrera marble. There is hex tile and an attractive circa-1900 pedestal sink in the half bath.
There’s central air, and the six-unit building has a laundry room. Prospect Park and its glories are close at hand, as are the F and G trains. The circa 1889 Neo-Grec style building is located in the Park Slope Extension Historic District. The common charges and taxes are low, totaling $535 a month.
Listed by City Roots broker Steven Plac, the unit is asking $995,000. Which is a not-inconsiderable sum for a one-bedroom duplex that includes basement space — think they’ll get it?
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