On the top floor of an early 20th century flats building, this petite one-bedroom rental offers the unexpected bonus of rooftop space along with a modishly renovated interior. On the western edge of Crown Heights and just a short walk from the Brooklyn Museum, the address is 493 Park Place.
The brick building is one of 34 flats built on Park Place and Prospect Place between 1909 and 1910 by builders Meruk & May on the site of the Adelphi Academy’s old athletic field. All of the four-story buildings have limestone trim with nods to the Colonial Revival, including keystoned lintels, quoining, and door surrounds with pilasters, dentil trim and foliate ornament. Reviewed in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1910, they were deemed “of handsome design, excellent arrangement and an exceptionally high type of construction.” Each building had one unit per floor with hardwood finishes and the builder “innovations” of buffets, hat racks, towel racks and spice chests in the kitchen.
There’s little evidence of the early 20th century detailing on the interior of this unit, which has been renovated with exposed brick walls, skylights and sleek modern finishes. At one end of the rear-facing unit is the living room with windows on two exposures and a kitchen tucked into one corner. The latter has a pop of color with green lower cabinets and white uppers along with butcher block countertops and a white subway tile backsplash.
The single bedroom has wood floors, two windows and a closet. Near the apartment entrance is the renovated bathroom with white fixtures and subway tile and a white and grey cement-tile patterned floor. It’s also got a stacked washer/dryer.
The private rooftop space isn’t developed — the listing notes you can “explore the possibility of your own deck” — but it does provide a fresh air escape. The building was converted to condos in the 1980s and now has eight units. This unit recently sold after asking $599,000, according to the agent’s listing, but the sale has not yet hit public records.
It’s now listed for rent with Yuval Vidal and Esther Patten of Compass for $2,800 a month. Worth the rent?
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