We're having a hard time making heads or tails of this one-bedroom Park Slope apartment's layout, but that's not all that uncommon in a brownstone. There appear to be three rooms (in addition to the kitchen and bathroom), the middle one of which is a small home office/storage room.
The apartment's located on the second floor of a brownstone on one of those tree-lined blocks that make Park Slope so desirable. And at $2,400 a month, it's about $150 less than the median price for the one-beds in the neighborhood.
So is it worth considering? We asked our experts (and veteran renters), BrickUnderground editor Virginia Smith, and freelance writer Lambeth Hochwald, to weigh in with me on this week's Take It or Leave It.
Size: One-bedroom, one-bath
Location: 438 Sixth Avenue (between Ninth and 10th streets), Park Slope
Flexible layout: No
Days on the market: 5
Subway: F, G, R to 4 Av-9 St
"The pros and cons are pretty clear here, I think. The pro is that it's in Park Slope, is decently priced and has a decorative fireplace in the bedroom. The layout, the fact that it's a walk-up, the dinginess of the bathroom and the fact that it appears as though the fridge is outside the kitchen, are among the cons. Also, you'll have neighbors above and below." —Lucy
"This is, believe it or not, a relatively reasonable price for Park Slope--and in a great location in the neighborhood--plus, the apartment has some classic touches (hardwood floors, French doors breaking up the layout, that decorative fireplace). But the layout is a little confusing, and the kitchen and bathroom aren't exactly up-to-the-minute, or spacious. -Virginia
"It’ll be kiddie-central when you get home to this Park Slope two-family as the retail space on the ground floor is a Bright Kids test prep shop. That said, you’ll be paying a pretty penny for this second-floor walk-up one-bedroom that looks to have a pretty dated kitchen (pressboard cabinets anyone?) and a bathroom that’s not exactly high-end." —Lambeth
Who would this apartment be perfect for?
"A single person who wants a little extra space and doesn't mind working with an awkward layout. Creativity when it comes to interior design would be a plus." —Lucy
"A young, well-off couple--this is the kind of place that's too small for two roommates, but a decent size if you're sharing it with your partner. My only caveat here: that kitchen looks so cramped, it'd be hard for more than one person at once to be in there without tensions running high." —Virginia
"A single who is taking Marie Kondo’s organization tactics seriously—with a built-in storage system taking up most of the middle room/walk-in closet you’re sure to start 2016 more streamlined than ever." —Lambeth
LEAVE IT "There have got to be better one-bedrooms out there." —Lucy
TAKE IT "For a couple interested in trying out domestic life in Park Slope, this could be a good fit (provided neither of you is a gourmet chef)." -Virginia
LEAVE IT "Unless you’re determined to live in prime Park Slope." —Lambeth
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