Would You Rent This Park Slope Two-Bedroom With Mantels, Built-ins for $2,600 a Month?

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While this Park Slope rental has a few quirks, it also has enough on the plus side of the column to perhaps outweigh them, including mantels, closet space and a location near Prospect Park.

It’s on the top floor of 540 1st Street, one of the stately early 20th century row houses that line the block between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West. There isn’t much info in the Park Slope Historic District designation report about the history of the bow-fronted limestone. A bit of digging found that it and others in the row were the work of prolific builder and developer Louis Bonert. Bonert advertised his “best modern houses” on 1st and 2nd streets in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1910, highlighting their bay fronts and stoops and interior details like wood trim and an “abundance of closets.”

Built as a single-family, the 20-foot-wide house is now a two-family. The floor-through rental is accessed via the original detail-filled entry and stairs, which are shared with the owner’s unit.

Architectural details abound inside the rental as well. The unit retains traces of its original bedroom-floor layout: Front and rear rooms — both with mantels — are connected by a passthrough, complete with built-ins and medicine cabinets. The marble sinks are there as well, although covered for extra countertop space.


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The street-facing room, set into the front bay, serves as the living room, while the other makes for a spacious bedroom. A smaller bedroom is next to the living room and could be a nice home office if a second bedroom isn’t needed. Alternatively, the large bedroom could also work as a dining room.

A somewhat awkwardly shaped kitchen is tucked into the middle of the apartment and is accessed via the passthrough or the main hallway. There isn’t a window but there is a skylight. While space is tight, there is a fair amount of cabinetry and it looks in fine repair.

The full bath at the rear of the apartment has a claw foot tub and period wall tile, including a garland-adorned border tile. Later additions include vinyl tile floor and the vanity.

There is a no smoking and no pet policy in place. Listed with Jodi Cook of Corcoran, it is priced at $2,600 a month. What do you think?

[Listing: 540 1st Street, #3 | Broker: Corcoran] GMAP

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interior of 540 first street

interior of 540 first street

interior of 540 first street

interior of 540 first street

interior of 540 first street

interior of 540 first street

interior of 540 first street

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