Here’s a Sunset Park classic, a two-bedroom in a Finnish co-operative that has a flexible layout and a renovation that brought back a bit of its original flair. It’s in one of the earliest co-ops constructed in Brooklyn, at 826 43rd Street.
Dubbed the Alku Toinen, the four-story, 16-unit walk-up building was the second co-operative undertaken by the Finish Home Building Association. The first, Alku (“beginning”), is next door at No. 816. The pale brick buildings were both completed by 1917 and designed by Eric O. Holmgren.
An old listing shows that this second-floor unit had a restoration that banished extensive faux-wood paneling. The work left the original wood floors and moldings intact along with the layout, which is classic for this building type. It’s a two-bedroom with a flex dining room/bedroom that could turn the apartment into a three-bedroom if needed.
While the floor plan shows French doors between the living and dining room, the listing photos show them open or removed — an easy fix if the bedroom is needed. Open, they create an airy feeling, with a long bank of windows spanning the two rooms.
The kitchen appears a bit short on modern cabinetry but has an attractive old-school look, thanks to an original glass-fronted built-in dish cupboard, shoulder-high white subway tile on the walls and hardwood floors. There is a pantry and room for a table.
There’s more storage in the hallway with a closet just outside the kitchen, in each of the two bedrooms and one outside the full bath. The modern-style bathroom hasn’t been recently renovated, but looks in fine repair.
There’s laundry in the building and a private storage bin that is included at no extra charge. The building has a common outdoor space with tables, chairs and a grill. The monthly maintenance for the unit is $800, and the building allows 90 percent financing.
Before the renovation, it sold in 2011 for an unspecified amount after asking $319,000. Now with Peter Bracichowicz of Corcoran, it is listed for $630,000. What do you think?
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