One-Bedroom Condo With Built-ins in Alfred Tredway White’s Cobble Hill Towers Asks $450K

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The walk up to the sixth floor is guaranteed to give you a workout, but this Cobble Hill condo does come with a fascinating architectural pedigree. This one-bedroom apartment is in the Cobble Hill Towers, the 1870s red-brick buildings developed by philanthropist Alfred Tredway White as housing for the working poor.

Originally known as the Tower Buildings, the complex of six-story buildings, which includes this one at 439 Hicks Street, went condo in 2010. It’s known for its exterior hallways and staircases, intended to increase fresh air and decrease illness when it was constructed. Consisting only of a few rooms, each unit had running water, a closet and a stove for cooking and heating.

The sixth floor unit on the market is fairly compact. There’s only one photo of the apartment in the listing, but a virtual tour allows a closer look inside.


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A small foyer shields the view of the door from the living room, and the entry contains a bench and pegs for hanging belongings. The living room has hardwood floors and a low built-in cabinet along one wall for holding a TV, books and other ephemera.

Beyond the living room is a pocket-sized kitchen with white cupboards, a butcher block countertop and petite appliances. It has a two-burner cooktop and a bar-sized sink.

the small foyer there’s a living room and kitchen to one side, a bathroom straight ahead and a bedroom to the right. he

The bedroom has a curved, exposed brick wall — a signature of these buildings. It also has a space-saving sliding door, built-in shelving and a wall of closets. There’s one other closet in the apartment, just outside the bedroom door. The all-white bathroom next to it has subway tile on the walls and hex tiles on the floor.

The building has a laundry room and there are two courtyard gardens for residents.

This unit has $429 in common charges and $590 in taxes a month. Listed by Barbara Katsnelson of Douglas Elliman, it’s asking $450,000. Worth the walk up?

[Listing: 439 Hicks Street #6B | Broker: Douglas Elliman] GMAP

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