Park Slope Studio's Art Deco Flair Attracts House Hunters
By Kiratiana Freelon on November 13, 2012 8:31am
140 8th Avenue, 5G
PARK SLOPE — Be they architecture buffs or beginners, house hunters who recently took a peek at this two-room studio were immediately attracted to its extensive art deco details.
Billed by Brown Harris Stevens's Christina Prostano as an affordable alternative to renting — total monthly costs including mortgage and maintenance equal about $1,600 — the some 450-square-foot co-op features timeless flourishes such as crystal door knobs, wood floors and an arched doorway.
Also plentiful were storage spaces, such as a classic pantry and a bedroom-area bookcase.
And windows in the kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area provided ample light to the studio even on a cloudy day.
"It is nice," the woman said, commenting that the apartment, which faces a courtyard of sorts rather than the street, remained luminous on account of the setback.
For that house hunter, the move in-ready, pre-war apartment was full of possibilities.
Maybe she could install a washing machine or dishwasher in the kitchen, she mused.
"It has that gracious pre-war feel," said Prostano, explaining that the slight hallway gave the unit visual subtlety, as you don't simply walk into a square-shaped room.
The floor plan also made a separate office nook between the kitchen and sleeping/entertaining area a possibility, she said.
"I love the original detail, and the location cannot be beat," she added, pointing out its close proximinty to Prospect Park.
For another house hunter, the charm and coziness were immediate deal-makers.
"I love it, it's exactly what I'm looking for," said the shopper, a 27-year-old journalist.
The young woman said she had been looking for an apartment for about two months, confronting disappointments and roadblocks along the way.
One apartment, she said, was significanty underpriced.
"It was like a feeding frenzy," she said. Another, she said wasn't all that desirable... but this apartment, she said, felt just right.
"It had beautiful moulding and parquet floors, and built-ins up the wazoo," she said. "Everything is original, as far as I can tell."
She added: "The kitchen is so spacious!"
"I'm going to call my broker and put in an offer right now," she said.