Gilded Double Parlor Turned Alcove Studio With Separate Kitchen in Park Slope Asks $2,450

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A rather delightful alcove studio with a richly embellished interior, carved out of a gilded former parlor, is for rent in the Park Slope Historic District. The separate kitchen perches behind an arched window in what was once one of the brownstone’s vestibules.

Located on the parlor floor of 40 8th Avenue, apartment 2F possesses a pier mirror and elaborate Rococo-style moldings and ceiling ornamentation in the main living space. It is separated from another parlor, furnished as a bedroom in the photos, by a wide curtained doorway.

That room also has exceptionally ornate door trim and chevron wood floors with decorative borders. The floors in the front room appear to be parquet, and the radiators under the front windows are built into covers that offer a shelf under each window.

Part of a grand five-story Neo-Grec brownstone designed by prolific and well-known 19th century architect Amzi Hill in 1881, it’s an unusually ornate space for what otherwise counts as a modest rental.

Technically, the unit is being described as a studio in the listing, despite having separate rooms, because of the lack of a window in the second parlor, located in the middle of the house. The apartment could be organized in a lot of different ways to take advantage of the two windows in the main living space, which face east and get morning light, making it potentially good for a breakfast area or office.

The kitchen has white tile floors, black and gray tile backsplash, white cabinets and a black stone counter, for a neatly updated look. The bathroom, perhaps located in what was once part of the stair hall, appears compact but clean lined, with white tile and a snug shower next to the wall-hung sink. Two doors off the bedroom may be closets.


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Like the parlor, the building’s cornice details are exceptionally rich, and the sides of the facade have quoins. The area’s designation report notes the unusually wide window above the former entrance.

The place is not available until June 1. Listed by Lior Cohen of Brooklyn Heights Real Estate Inc., it’s asking $2,450 a month. A good price for parlor living?

[Listing: 40 8th Avenue, APT 2F | Broker: Brooklyn Heights Real Estate] GMAP

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