Dubbed The Collingswood when it was completed in 1941, this six-story Flatbush apartment building offered a number of perks to the modern apartment hunter. Some of those are still in evidence in this third floor unit, including multiple exposures, a generous number of closets and a spacious layout.
An original brochure aimed at potential renters shows that 385 Argyle Road was the work of architect O. I. Silverstone. There are still some of his restrained Colonial Revival touches noticeable on the streamlined red brick exterior, including a key stoned lintel or two and some swag-adorned plaques on the parapet. The original entrance, referred to by the Brooklyn Eagle as “swank,” has been covered in black cladding.
On the interior this one-bedroom unit still has its original layout with a walk-in closet at the entry and all rooms entered via a large foyer with built-in niche and arched openings. There are wood floors in every room but the bathroom, and white walls and trim throughout. The track lighting in the living room may not be to everyone’s taste but there are two windows and room for dining.
The galley kitchen benefits from two windows tucked into the corner and a curved counter between the two provides a spot to perch for a morning coffee. It looks like there were a few simple design tweaks to the space since the apartment last sold in 2015, including a new faucet for the sink and a new butcher block countertop.
There are three windows on two exposures in the bedroom along with two closets. There’s also a linen closet just outside the adjacent bathroom, making for a total of four closets plus a kitchen pantry. The bathroom has all white fixtures and white subway tile on the walls. The door hardware is what catches the eye in the bathroom listing photo; it looks like a period piece with a shell ornament at top giving a whiff of Colonial Revival style.
Building amenities include a live-in super, laundry room, package room, gym and additional play area. There is currently a wait-list for storage although there is bike storage available. Cats are permissible. Maintenance for this unit is $715 a month.
Last selling for $425,000 in 2015, the apartment is now listed with Karen Sayles of Douglas Elliman for $525,000. What do you think?
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