We’ve come across a few different configurations of the same floor plan within the Clinton Hill Cooperatives, the World War II-era housing complex designed by Harrison, Fouilhoux & Abramovitz to serve Navy Yard workers. This unit, 8H in the South Campus of the 12-building complex, is a one-bedroom converted into a two-bedroom and nicely renovated.
A dining area between the living room and kitchen has been closed off to create a second bedroom or office. We know not if this flexibility was part of the original design intention, but it’s a common strategy here at 365 Clinton Avenue and beyond. This particular bedroom, which is reasonably sized (about 8 by 10 feet) and has charming windows, works better than most.
The new layout cleverly accommodates the extra room without sacrificing other areas. In this case, one of the added walls for the second room extends to become a pantry for the adjacent kitchen.
In the living room, now enclosed rather than open to the former dining area, a built-in bookshelf next to the tripartite windows helps widen the feel of the space and lend it character. There is also plenty of room left over for a dining room table.
The whole apartment clocks in at about 750 square foot, according to the listing, from Justin and Abby Dupree of Compass. The floors are all parquet, except in the wet rooms, and the walls are white, for a clean but mid-century look.
The recently updated L-shaped kitchen is both appropriate to the era and contemporary. It has white Shaker-style cabinets, butcher block countertops, a subway tile backsplash, farmhouse sink and attractive blue tiles on the floor.
The bathroom could be a few decades older but appears to be in good condition, with off-white square tiles, green glass knobs on the otherwise standard vanity, and a deep tub.
The original bedroom is very big at nearly 10 by 20 square feet. Altogether, the unit has six closets, if you include the pantry.
Although prices have definitely risen generally, this apartment complex continues to be relatively affordable for the area. This unit last changed hands in 2017, when it sold for $666,079.
It has a monthly maintenance of $875, and the building requires a down payment of at least 20 percent. Now it’s asking $699,000. Is it an attractive deal?
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