Prospect Heights Co-op With Original Mantel, Storage, Recently Updated Kitchen Asks $499K

In the Prospect Heights Historic District, this one-bedroom apartment in a late 19th century flats building has a location close to Grand Army Plaza and vintage flair to recommend it.

It’s on the third floor of 673 Vanderbilt Avenue, a walk-up building and one of a row of Renaissance and Romanesque Revival style flats designed by Magnus Dahlander and Axel Hedman for developer and New York State Senator William Reynolds. The four-story pale brick buildings, profiled by Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen, were designed strictly as fine residential flats — no commercial first floors here. By 1897, “first class flats” in the buildings were ready for rent for $25 to $35 a month with an ad of that year listing steam heat, live-in janitor and completed decorative finishes as some of the amenities.

The long entry hallway leads to a living room in the center of the apartment with one corner window with original wood surround, wood floors and an Ionic columned wood mantel. A doorway leads to the kitchen. It looks fairly recently renovated, with tile floors, wood cabinets and a white subway tile backsplash. There’s also a tin ceiling.


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The bedroom, located towards the front of the unit, also has a corner window, as well as wood floors and one of the three closets in the apartment. For additional storage, the listing notes, the apartment comes with a deeded private storage space in the building’s basement. The windowed bathroom looks updated, with gray tile floors and walls and a new sink. There’s a mirror above, but no medicine cabinet.

The building has a live-in super, bike storage and, according to the listing, free laundry.

The unit last sold in 2005 for $308,000. Listed by Gene Keyser of Compass, it is now asking $499,000.

The monthly maintenance fee is $700, and there is a $120.25 monthly assessment through November for the already completed roof work. The co-op allows buyers to put down just 10 percent.

If you want to take a look, there’s a 3-D interactive walk through available. What do you think?

[Listing: 673 Vanderbilt Avenue #3C | Broker: Compass] GMAP

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