On the first floor of a 1920s Finnish co-operative building, this one-bedroom has a few prewar details, a renovated kitchen and a location that’s a short walk from Sunset Park.
The pale brick building at 728 41st Street has “Elmo Homes Inc.” etched into the stone above the keystone of the main entry, one of the only decorative details in the otherwise minimalist facade. Elmo Homes was charted in 1928 to “improve living conditions amongst its members” and shared a president with the organization that records show actually constructed the building, the Sun Heights Building Corporation. The 1928 certificate for the four-story building identifies the architect as Eric O. Holmgren, designer of the earliest Finnish co-operative buildings in Sunset Park, Alku and Alku Toinen.
Wood floors with inlaid borders, moldings, a glass-paned door and some vintage hardware are a few of the original details to be found inside this unit along with some 21st century design additions. The awkward foyer has been addressed with a bank of white cabinets along one wall, providing storage in addition to the adjacent closet.
The living room is at the center of the apartment with doorways leading directly to the kitchen and bedroom. The windowed kitchen has a bold red tile backsplash and mint green cabinets with brass hardware along with an apron front sink.
While the apartment is on the first floor, the bedroom, with a tin ceiling and two closets, is not street facing but has a “green backyard view” according to the listing. It is also on the other end of the apartment from the full bath, which is located off the foyer. The windowed bath has all-white fixtures and tiles.
Amenities in the building include solar panels, along with bike storage and a common courtyard. Monthly maintenance for this unit is $447 a month and a private storage bin is provided at no additional charge.
Last on the market in 2018, the apartment, with an already renovated kitchen, sold for $394,000. Now listed with Peter Bracichowicz of Corcoran the ask is $410,000. What do you think?
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