This 1963 co-op in Brooklyn Heights, directly across the block from the impressive 1850 Plymouth Church, was built right on the cusp of the formation of the Landmarks Commission. It was highlighted in the local press when the process of removing the previous building and its tenants began.
It was one of many construction projects going on in Brooklyn Heights — including Cadman Plaza and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway — as activists in the area were pushing for the creation of a historic district. New York’s landmarks law was signed in 1965, and that fall the Brooklyn Heights Historic District was designated.
With its uniform wall of tan bricks, unadorned mid-20th-century canopy, and obtrusive fire escape, 54 Orange Street offers a restrained street presence. On the third floor of the 52-unit building, Apartment 3G is also discreet but has its charms.
An efficient yet gracious one-bedroom facing the rear, the unit has a sizable foyer with a coat closet. The main room has enough space for dining and lounging, hardwood floors, molding, and a large tripartite window at the far end.
French doors break up the space and lead into the bedroom, which has a double window and two sets of closets. The renovated bathroom is fixed up with white subway tile, a glass-enclosed shower, a modern vanity and medicine cabinet, and contemporary faucets.
The kitchen too looks to have been updated, with Shaker-style wood cabinets, shiny granite counter, and stainless-steel appliances. Altogether the unit has four closets, including a linen closet outside the bathroom.
The listing, from Chris Cavorti and Donald Lai of Corcoran, notes the co-op allows subletting and pied-à-terres. Unusual for a co-op, the unit could potentially be used as an investment property, or offer flexibility in case of layoff or relocation.
It’s being shown on Sunday, August 11 at an open house from noon to 1:30 p.m. The apartment is being offered for $660,000, with a reasonable-for-Brooklyn-Heights maintenance of $821, How appealing is it?
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