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Groovy '60s Time Capsule Of A Condo, With Spiral Staircase, Now On Market

By Sam Cholke | November 29, 2016 5:49am
 A condo in the Narragansett largely untouched since it got a bold overhaul in the '60s has hit the market.
1960s-era Condo For Sale
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HYDE PARK — Hidden away in the Narragansett building is a two-level time capsule of '60s design in East Hyde Park.

The three-bedroom condo at 1640 E. 50th St. takes up the eighth and ninth floors, linked by a spiral staircase with some majestic flourishes of wild '60s design that have remained intact for 50 years.

Parquet flooring leads between rooms wallpapered with big sweeps of reds and purples or pinstriped in lemon and lime.

The walls of one of the three bathrooms are covered in a mosaic that almost looks like the faces of the Beatles.

The defining feature, though, is a spiral staircase that leads up from a white-walled living room into a den covered floor-to-ceiling in book-matched veneer paneling.

Any updates to the condo have been around the edges, and some features, like the tiling in one bathroom, have come back into style and almost look contemporary.

The apartment is listed for $165,000 and comes with a deeded parking spot, a steal for Hyde Park — until you see the assessments.

Like many of Hyde Park’s high-rises, the Narragansett has seen assessments go up to keep up with increasing demands from the city for façade and fire code inspections and safety precautions.

The assessments on the three-bedroom apartment will set you back $2,236 per month, well over double what an expected monthly payment would be on a 30-year mortgage.

For someone out there, it may be worth it for the views of the lake and the skyline.

The spiral staircase leads upstairs to a wood-paneled den.


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