On the top floor of an 1890s Crown Heights row house, this floor-through apartment could be set up as a two-bedroom or a very spacious one-bedroom with plenty of work-from-home space. It also has a bit of original character with two mantels, wood floors and some built-in storage.
The house at 685 Park Place sits in the Crow Hill section of Crown Heights. Developed largely after transit reached the area in the 1880s, rows of two- and three-story houses quickly filled the blocks. This includes the 13 houses that are in the tiny Park Place Historic District. No. 685 sits just outside the district and is part of a slightly later row. The two-story house has a rough-faced brownstone basement, L-shaped stoop, a full height-angled bay and delicate ornamentation, including swags and fleur-de-lis, on the facade.
The swags reappear on the apartment interior, ornamenting the window molding of the angled bay in the living room. The room also has an Ionic-columned mantel with mirror and original tile. There is a window seat in the bay.
The floor-through has one small bedroom off the living room and a larger bedroom — originally the dining room — at the rear of the unit, next to the kitchen. There are closets in both bedrooms, and the larger one also has an original built-in and another original tiled mantel.
The smaller bedroom appears to have been enlarged slightly, narrowing the long living room a tad.
Even used as a two-bedroom, the apartment still has some extra space. The windowless room in the center of the unit is large enough for dining, a home office or storage. It also has a closet, bringing the total to six.
There is room for a small table in the windowed galley kitchen, which has a bank of wood cabinets and a glass tile backsplash.
Donald Lai of Corcoran has the listing and the monthly rent is priced at $2,600 a month. What do you think?
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