In the Sunset Park North Historic District, a two-bedroom apartment in a 1913 solar-powered Finnish co-operative is a relatively inexpensive venture. The kitchen and bathroom are renovated, and the unit gets light from three exposures. The address is 566 44th Street, and Unit 4A looks to be on the top floor, though there’s no elevator.
It’s a pretty typical layout for one of these early co-operatives, with one of the bedrooms, the bath, and kitchen oriented around an interior courtyard, and an L-shaped hallway leading to the other rooms. The living room and flex dining room/bedroom, here used as a large master bedroom, face Sunset Park to the south, linked by French doors with sidelights and transom. The floors are hardwood with a striped border.
With the French doors open, the space has potential to be airy and sunlit, with a bank of windows along the long wall overlooking Sunset Park.
The kitchen is recently renovated with stainless steel appliances, possibly original gray cabinets, and a small stone-covered counter beside the farmhouse sink. It’s still a bit improvised looking, and doesn’t appear to have quite enough room to be an eat-in space, so perhaps room for a small table can be found in the living room.
White tiles adorn every surface of the updated bathroom, including around the modern tub. The floors are white hex tiles. There’s a new medicine cabinet and a porcelain sink with exposed plumbing.
The unit comes with additional storage in the 16-unit building, which also has solar power, laundry and a live-in super.
Originally a rental, the building became a Finnish co-operative in the early 1920s, according to the designation report. It was designed by Eisenla and Carlson and is Renaissance Revival with Arts and Crafts elements.
The exterior features an ornamental Art Nouveau awning, tan brick facade, expressive arched ground-floor windows with fanlights, and keystones and decorative brickwork above. The listing shows bright stained glass, mosaic tile floor and marble steps in the stairwell.
Listed by Toni Martin at Corcoran, the apartment is asking $575,000, with low monthly fees of $576. Worthy of consideration?
[Photos via The Corcoran Group]
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