Boyhood Home of Pete Hamill, Park Slope Duplex Condo With Private Garden, Fireplace Asks $995K

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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.


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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?

[Listing: 435 13th Street #1R | Broker: City Roots] GMAP

Brooklyn Apartments for Sale in Park Slope at 435 13th Street

Brooklyn Apartments for Sale in Park Slope at 435 13th Street

Brooklyn Apartments for Sale in Park Slope at 435 13th Street

Brooklyn Apartments for Sale in Park Slope at 435 13th Street

Brooklyn Apartments for Sale in Park Slope at 435 13th Street

Brooklyn Apartments for Sale in Park Slope at 435 13th Street

Brooklyn Apartments for Sale in Park Slope at 435 13th Street

Brooklyn Apartments for Sale in Park Slope at 435 13th Street

Brooklyn Apartments for Sale in Park Slope at 435 13th Street

Brooklyn Apartments for Sale in Park Slope at 435 13th Street

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