This third-floor walkup in an 1890s building at 437 2nd Street in Park Slope uses clever planning and a light well to fit three bedrooms into an attractive space.
The entrance to the unit opens to a living room with hardwood floors, a working brick wood-burning fireplace, and a three-sided bay with pocket wood shutters and fluted trim. A room beside the bay, above the ground-floor vestibule, is set up as a dining room with a window. It features eye-catching bookcases built into former doorways with matching original trim.
The kitchen is through pocket doors in the middle of the unit. Recently renovated, it has Shaker-style cabinets and stainless steel appliances, with a small island in the middle and a built-in breakfast counter on the wall. A pantry is located in an original closet. The disadvantage of the layout is the run of cabinets and counter cover a window onto the lightwell and the kitchen doesn’t get much natural light.
The 1.5 bathrooms are small, with just enough room for sink, bathtub and toilet in one, which is refinished with subway tile walls, polished concrete floors and modern faucets. The powder room, in a former walk-in closet, manages to squeeze in a washer-dryer. A short hallway conveniently bypasses the middle bedroom and gives all of the rooms access to the bathrooms and the rest of the apartment.
The middle bedroom takes advantage of the light well to bring in some natural light, and it also has two built-in closets, one shared with the master bedroom. The more spacious master bedroom faces the garden, and features a simple mantel and two windows, as well as another larger closet with folding doors. Beside it is a half-bedroom with room enough for a single bed and a small closet.
The four-story, four-unit building at 437 2nd Street was originally built as French flats and appears in a Brooklyn Eagle ad in 1896. It’s located a couple of blocks from Prospect Park and around the corner from P.S. 321. Heather McMaster and Ariane Dembs of Corcoran are showing the apartment Wednesday, September 25 in an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Last sold two years ago for $1,407,800, it’s now asking $1.45 million. Monthly maintenance is $804. (The apartment above, with an extravagant rooftop terrace, is in contract for $1.799 million.) What do you think of it?
[Photos via The Corcoran Group]
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