It’s not clear if this 1930s Prospect Lefferts Gardens building still features the “music by Musak” that it boasted about in early ads, but this one-bedroom unit does still have some original features. Arched openings, a built-in niche and closet space are to be found along with a fully renovated interior.
The apartment is on the first floor of 50 Lefferts Avenue — so the potential loss of elevator music might not be an issue. Originally known as The Lefferts House, the Colonial Revival style building was designed by J. W. Sherman for the Elberne Building Corporation and completed in 1939. In addition to noting music as one of the modern amenities, ads and a brochure for the building also tried to appeal to early renters with the promise of sunny rooms, built-in bookcases, clothes hampers, soundproofing, 24-hour doorman service and proximity to the subway.
This unit has a practical layout, the same as in the original floor plan, with rooms radiating off a spacious foyer that includes three closets and two built-in bookshelves. The wood floors that run throughout the foyer, living and bedroom all incorporate inlaid medallions, an original feature that makes an appearance in other units in the building as well.
There’s a sunken living room, and while it is hard to tell from the listing photos if it has the original curved step, it does have modest moldings and two windows. The bedroom next door is almost the same size as the living room and benefits from two exposures. It has another closet, bringing the apartment total to four.
The windowed kitchen got a modern reno with a bank of dark lower cabinets and open shelving above, butcher block counters and a herringbone-patterned backsplash. In the bathroom there’s a similar modern makeover with white subway tile walls with dark grout and generously scaled black hexagonal tile on the floor with white grout.
The building has a live-in super, an attended lobby during the evenings, bike room and laundry. If you need some extra storage, there is a wait list. Recent building improvement work includes a new roof and the repointing of the facade. Maintenance for this unit is $612 a month.
When it last sold in 2017 it went for $365,000. Jeffery L. Welch of Brown Harris Stevens has the current listing and it is on the market for $549,000. Worth the ask?
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