This duplex condo in Williamsburg has windows galore in the living room and two bedrooms, with stairs leading up to the second bedroom with a terrace and a roof deck. Located at 117 Kingsland Avenue, it’s near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the border of Greenpoint.
If you think you can’t find gorgeous places behind banal facades, here’s proof. Inside, the overall impression is of an airy and spacious loft. It has an open kitchen beyond the living room with a breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances. The cabinets are all IKEA-ish modern, with a multicolored tile splashboard, and the floors look to be reclaimed stained wood planks.
The second-level bedroom is a little perilously stuck between the terrace and the stairs, with an en suite bath with a separate tub and standing shower. The heating is all electric baseboard with wall-mounted air conditioning.
There’s a balcony off the lower level and a terrace off the upper level, along with access to a private outdoor roof deck. We would like to see the view in the opposite direction of the roof deck to know to what extent it’s overlooking the expressway, but there’s something romantic in any case about living on top of urban infrastructure.
This unit last sold for $364,594 in 2013. It has the extraordinary tax bill of $18, according to the listing, with an abatement through 2025 and common charges of $299 a month.
It’s now asking $1,099,000, and Alexandra Newman and Ron Pamposa of Compass have the listing. They are showing it at an open house on Sunday, December 20 from 1-2 p.m. Think it will get what it’s asking?
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