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StreetEasy’s Most Wanted: Got a hankering for prewar charm?

By Sara Alessi  | January 25, 2013 - 10:43AM

If the idea of a foyer, wood-burning fireplace and other charming prewar details is just too much to resist, you’re not alone. This week’s edition of StreetEasy’s Most Wanted -- the 10 sales listingsStreetEasy users saved more often than any others this week -- puts a spotlight on prewar apartments and all the unique details that come with them.

In Park Slope on Prospect Park West and Eighth Street, a $799k two-bedroom, one-bath prewar co-op has nine-foot ceilings and nine oversized windows. The top-floor corner apartment in an elevator building offers views spanning from the city skyline to the harbor through leaded glass windows, and features an entry foyer. It also has blonde oak floors and the original hardware. The building has a new laundry room a live-in super and is close to Prospect Park and subway trains. 

An $850k two-bedroom, one bathroom co-op in an elevator townhouse mansion on 74th between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue on the UWS features prewar details such as a wood-burning fireplace for those cold nights (and days), an exposed brick wall and hardwood floors. The space also offers south and east garden views. A mix of modern conveniences — a waterfall showerhead and mosaic tile floor in the bathroom and five thermo pane windows — round out this apartment. Plus, the second bedroom can also serve as a home office. Pets are not allowed.

On 16th Street off Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District, you’ll find a renovated prewar two-bedroom, two-bathroom loft co-op on the market for $1.65m. The apartment features a foyer and six-inch hardwood floors, but is a mix of old and new with ducted, central a/c and AV systems with surround sound. The master bathroom has a steam bath, while the second bathroom is equipped with a multi-jet shower. It’s located at the back of the building and has western exposures overlooking the neighboring building’s courtyard. 

A $1.05m two-bedroom, two-bath prewar co-op on West End Avenue and 72nd Street on the UWS is a bit different from most high-ceilinged prewar units in that the ceilings in the living and dining rooms were lowered. However, if you’re willing to have some work done, the building allows the ceilings to be raised if it’s done according to the outlined procedures. The windowed kitchen has a street exposure, and in-unit washer-dryers are not allowed.

For more prewar or postwar apartments, check out the rest of the Most Wanted below.

  1. 255 West 95th Street—2-bed co-op, $780k
  2. 4 West 16th Street—2-bed co-op, $1.65m
  3. 487 3rd Street—3-bed co-op, $765k
  4. 98 Havemeyer Street—2-bed condo, $599k
  5. 263 West End Avenue—2-bed co-op, $1.05m
  6. 267 W 89th Street—2-bed co-op, $999.999k
  7. 52 West 74th Street—2-bed co-op, $850k
  8. 19 Hubert—1-bed co-op, $1.395m
  9. 150 East 85th Street—2-bed condo, $1.05m
  10. 125 Prospect Park West—2-bed co-op, $799k 

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