Carroll Gardens Co-Op Offers Large Square Space, But Disappointing Views

By DNAinfo Staff on October 15, 2012 5:03pm  | Updated on October 16, 2012 10:35am

57 Third St., No. 6
2-bedroom, 2-bathrom
$729,000
Maintenance: $1,035/month

CARROLL GARDENS — Sometimes being square isn't such a bad thing.

At least this seemed to be the case for many house hunters on Sunday, who were suprised by the shape and spaciousness of this some 1,000 square-foot co-op in the same building called home by Stacy London of "What Not to Wear."

Housed in a former factory, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom didn't feature the narrow feel of a railroad-style layout typical of many of the area's homes.

"That living room was humongous," said a 36-year-old in real estate who was checking out of the 14-foot by 17-foot entertaining space. "It was almost off-putting."

His wife, a 35-year-old illustrator, agreed.

"It's a rare shape," she said. "It's rare to see a living room that square."

In addition to that portion of the home, other amenities include Caesarstone kitchen countertops — quartz with a speckled, terrazzo-like look — a wood-burning fireplace, oak floors, and an in-unit washer and dryer.

Kid-friendly flourishes also abounded, such as a chalkboard paint wall below the dining bar and stroller mounts near the entry.

The rest of the co-op was roomy, too — and could be made to seem even bigger with design tricks, some house hunters said.

Though the space was plentiful, so was the furniture — making it a bit difficult to appreciate the sleeping and living areas.

"We could make it feel more spacious. There's so much stuff in there now," said a young, newly married couple about the master suite. 

Some prospective buyers had concerns about the co-op board's standards. What were they looking for?

The co-op, described as in good financial standing, wants 20 percent down, said Myrel Glick, who is an agent at Douglas Elliman.

Any big assessments slated for the building?

Some minor changes to the facade were planned, Glick said.

She also explained that the current owners would likely leave the air conditioning units and hadn't expressed interest in taking them upon moving.

"I liked it," a 29-year-old teacher, who was shopping with her husband, told DNAinfo.com New York. "It was really reasonably priced."

Her husband, a lawyer, 29, agreed, but with a caveat.

"The maintenance is high," he said. 

Also, the second bedroom might be problematic for would-be parents, she said.

"It's not big enough for two kids," she said.

Though generally thought of as a deal, some had concerns about the view, as the living room windows gaze upon a neighboring building's wall.

"A person who walked in four weeks ago would have bought it if it weren't for that building," Glick admitted.

Indeed, this seemed to be a bit of a dealbreaker.

"I wouldn't be able to stand looking out my window onto another building," concluded the man in real estate, much to his illustrator wife's agreement.  

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