While compact in size, this studio boasts some clever design touches, an eat-in kitchen, closet space and a sleeping alcove to give it a sense of spaciousness. It’s located in Ditmas Park in the Art Deco-style 570 Westminster Road.
Originally known as the Westminster Arms, the six-story building dates to circa 1935. There’s a coat of arms emblazoned on the brick piers marking the pathway to the entrance and Art Deco detailing on the exterior, including strong vertical lines of brick and geometric ornamentation at the parapet. The building went co-op in the 1980s.
This studio retains some of the original details that make Art Deco apartments appealing — a large foyer, parquet floors, picture rail moldings and arched doorways. Here the arches have a bit of extra pizzazz and the foyer is large enough to fit a desk.
Through one of the arches off the foyer is the living room, which has been partitioned at the windowed end with sliding doors set between built-in bookcases. The doors are a bit more Arts and Crafts than Art Deco in style, but they do create a private sleeping area that’s large enough for a bed and dresser. There’s no closet, but there are three in the foyer.
The eat-in kitchen is a mix of vintage and new, with original kitchen cabinets along with modern ones, all in white. There’s a vintage-style white ceramic apron sink and stainless steel appliances. A space-saving banquette provides storage and seating. A wall-mounted table includes electrical sockets, perhaps making it a handy work-from-home perch.
The bathroom has the same mix of style with white subway tiles on the walls, a black and white hex tile floor and the original tub.
The pet-friendly building has a full-time door attendant, live-in super, porters and a children’s playroom. For an extra fee there’s also bike storage and private storage spaces. Maintenance for this unit is fairly low at $418 a month. The building has commercial storefronts along Newkirk Avenue, and tenants include the cafe Milk & Honey.
The unit last sold in 2013 for $219,000. Listed with Jan Rosenberg and Erika Sackin of Douglas Elliman, it’s now on the market for $415,000. What do you think?
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