The kitchen may be mid reno but this Prospect Park South apartment offers a spacious layout, five closets, built-ins and a bath with original Deco charm. The top-floor unit is at the eastern edge of the neighborhood, and just outside the historic district, at 1701 Albemarle Road.
The six-story brick building was dubbed Berkley Square when it was completed in 1938, and the name is still etched above the entrance. The Tudor-Revival inspired exterior — with mock battlements, brick arches and ghosts of half timbering in the peaked gables — was designed by the Flatbush-based firm of Cohn Brothers. They specialized in apartment buildings, and Flatbush is filled with examples of their work across a range of styles. An early brochure for Berkley Square promised prospective tenants the new building was planned “for ideal living conditions unlike the usual city apartments” with cross ventilation, dining alcoves, colored tile and fixtures in the bathrooms, and 24-hour service.
This one-bedroom unit still boasts its original layout, with rooms radiating off a large foyer that has two closets (including a walk-in), an original built-in and some additional bookshelves. There are the expected elements of the period found throughout, including wood floors, arched openings and simple moldings. Only the bedroom still has its original picture rails, along with two exposures and two closets.
That kitchen in need of finishing has some original elements, including the large enamel sink. The cabinets have been stripped but left unfinished and at least some doors are missing. There’s a dining nook beyond, which some might incorporate into a totally redesigned kitchen, but would also make a prime home office space.
More vintage detail can be found in the peach-hued bathroom with original tile, fittings and medicine cabinet. While the tub and sink match the color theme, the replacement toilet is white. Not visible in the listing photo, but appearing on the floor plan, is a Deco-era separate shower.
The building has no underlying mortgage, according to the listing, and amenities include a full-time doorman, a live-in super, bike storage, and parking with a waiting list. There’s also storage and no mention of an extra fee or wait list. The maintenance for this unit is $499 a month.
Priced at $599,000, the one-bedroom is listed with Erica Sullivan of Erica Sullivan Properties. Worth the ask?
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