Bucolic Prospect Heights Duplex Has Yard Enclosed by Barbed Wire

By Dan Rivoli on July 23, 2012 4:38pm 

375 Lincoln Pl., Apt. 1H

2 bedrooms,  2 bathrooms

$499,000

Maintenance: $1,074

PROSPECT HEIGHTS — Tucked in the rear of a pre-war building, this quiet 1,000-square-foot two-bedroom Prospect Heights duplex, with a backyard and balcony, gave house hunters glimmers of suburban life.

“This reminds me of a real house, not a New York apartment,” said one prospective buyer at the apartment, which also featured exposed brick, central air, a wide staircase and a full bathroom on each floor.

But there was a stark reminder of how apartment 1H in 375 Lincoln Pl.— in the hot neighborhood just a block from the Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden — is definitely rooted in an urban environment.

With the apartment located at the edge of the property, half of the balcony is surrounded by razor wire.

Yet many who saw the apartment seemed more concerned with whether barbequing was allowed (yes) or if the space is shared with another unit (no).

Prospective buyers were also impressed with the amount of light pouring into the upper floor of the duplex.

“The fact that there are windows on both sides is awesome,” said a woman looking at the space.

Though the apartment had not been renovated in a sleek way, the 36-unit building did have some modern amenities, including a laundry room on each floor, a gym, place to lock up bicycles, a new elevator and a recently redone common rooftop.

Ingrid Compton, a broker at Fillmore Real Estate showing the apartment on Sunday, pointed to a neighbor’s plant-filled balcony for a solution to the exposed razor wire.

“That’s what I would do, cover with ivy or grape vine,” Compton said. “You could eat the grapes.”

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