This resale in a recently built condo in Bushwick has an attractive garden and finishes — not to mention two bedrooms and 1.5 baths — but the floor plan presents challenges. Like many new builds we see these days, whether rental or condo, the kitchen and living area are combined and leave barely enough room for a love seat or a dining table, but not both.
Completed in December, the four-unit building at 57 Himrod Street replaced a mid-19th-century wood-frame Italianate townhouse with a porch. Apartment No. 1, on the garden floor, is duplexed with a recreation room, laundry and half bath in the cellar.
On the garden level is the open kitchen and living area, two bedrooms, a full bath and, outside, a 700-square-foot garden. The L-shaped kitchen has Scandinavian-style blond wood cabinets, open shelving, Caesarstone counters, stainless steel appliances, and an island with seating.
The petite common area has been set up in the photos with a dining table; down an attractive staircase in the cellar, the more spacious recreation room has been staged as a living room. The arrangement is awkward even if the cellar, unlike most in Brooklyn, is bone dry.
The bedrooms are nicely sized, although only one has a closet. The hardwood floors and modern trim, windows and doors throughout look far nicer than average in the photos. One of the bedrooms has a door leading to the backyard, which has a horizontal fence and attractive decking with room for lounging and a barbecue as well as a grassy patch of lawn.
The bathrooms match: Both have wooden vanities, white ceramic tile, modern fixtures and heated floors. The full bath upstairs has a tub and two vessel sinks; downstairs is a powder room. Except for the radiant floor heat in the bathrooms, evidently the unit is heated and cooled with wall-mounted mini-split units.
The exterior of the building is fairly standard fare as far as new construction goes, with balconies, gray brick and cream-colored panels.
When it was new, this unit sold in December 2018 for $915,406. Now, eight months later, it’s back on the market and asking $950,000. Taxes are $363, and common charges are $655. (The listing, from Robert Bell and Cindy Scholz of Compass, says it’s eligible for a tax abatement, but evidently it doesn’t have one yet.) With a down payment of 20 percent and very low interest rate, monthlies on this would be somewhere around $5,500. What do you think?
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