With a sunken living room and arched openings, this two-bedroom in Midwood has a bit of 20th century style along with a practical, spacious layout and an abundance of closets.
Located in Midwood, the building at 1615 Avenue I was completed in 1941 and originally known as The Terrace Gardens. Designed by prolific apartment house architects Kavy & Kavovitt, the streamlined brick building has nods to Colonial Revival on the exterior, with keystoned lintels and quoining, along with Art Deco style in the curving corner balconies. An early advertising brochure for the building pitched the apartments as spacious and “superbly arranged for convenience and cross ventilation.” The apartments had “dropped studio living rooms,” wrought-iron railings around dining areas, Colonial-style light fixtures, arched doorways and “more closets than rooms.”
On the second floor, above the main building entrance, this unit still has the original layout shown on the brochure floor plans. The foyer stretches almost the full width of the apartment and includes two closets and arched openings leading to the other rooms.
Down a step is the sunken living room with an angled bay and wood floors. Original iron railings are on either side of the stair and along the arched opening of the adjacent dining area.
Beyond is the renovated galley kitchen with tile floor, wood cabinets and a tile backsplash.
A small hallway off the foyer leads to the two bedrooms and the full bath. The larger of the two bedrooms has two exposures and two closets plus a door leading into the walk-in closet off the foyer.
The windowed full bath has white subway tiled walls and double sink vanity. It also has a closet, bringing the unit total to six.
The 132-unit building has a live-in super, full-time security guard and part-time doorman, laundry room and bike storage. Indoor parking is available for an additional fee and there is a short waitlist for storage. Maintenance for this unit is $1,005 a month.
This unit last sold in 2014 for $314,000. Priced now at $495,000 it is listed with Alexandra Gupta of Corcoran. What do you think?
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