Prospect Park is just a short stroll away from this Park Slope rental that also has some fetching interior details to offer in addition to the proximity to the vast green oasis. On the top floor of 945 President Street in the Park Slope Historic District, it has plenty of original, unpainted woodwork including floors with inlay borders, moldings, a mantel and a columned screen with fretwork.
There isn’t a great detail of information in the designation report about the building, other than it was one of a row of five limestone apartment houses begun in 1900 and designed with bow fronts, high stoops and neo-Classical details. A bit of digging into records that are more easily available now than when the report was written reveals that the four-story apartment houses from 945 to 953 President Street were constructed by the prolific builder and developer Louis Bonert. The buildings were designed by Thomas Bennett, an architect Bonert employed for some of his other projects in the neighborhood.
Completed by the spring of 1901, Bonert sold all five buildings in December of that year, with the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reporting that they were “among the finest buildings of their class on the Park Slope” with apartments with nine rooms, hardwood finishes, parquet floors and a desirable location “a stone’s throw” from the park.
No floor plan is included in the listing but the photos and a virtual tour show that it likely has a floor plan close to that shown in a 1902 I-card for the building. The parlor, with the mantel, columned room divider with fretwork, picture rail and bay window, faces the street while the kitchen and dining room are in the rear. In between are four windowed rooms, some separated by pocket doors and on the small side, that may not be ideal for a roommate situation but could provide a flexible arrangement of bedrooms or home office space.
The windowed galley kitchen has been renovated with white cabinets, subway tile and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher. The listing mentions 1.5 baths although just a full bath is shown in the video and photos. It has also been renovated with a patterned tile floor and wood vanity with a vessel sink.
There are three other units in the walk-up and amenities include a laundry room and a common roof deck, according to the listing. It is priced at $4,500 a month and listed with Mattie Weiser and Justin Neissani of Compass. What do you think?
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