Bed-Stuy is getting ever more popular (and expensive), especially parts near the latest crop of restaurants like Saraghina, Peaches, and Therapy Wine Bar. But a lot of renters would pay a premium for a one-bedroom in a brownstone with an extra half bedroom, a freshly renovated bathroom with a skylight, and decorative moldings. Given that it's on the fourth floor of a walk-up, however, is it worth $1,900 a month?
We consulted our experts, BrickUnderground’s own senior contributing editor, Lucy Cohen Blatter, and veteran NYC renters Julie Inzanti and Lambeth Hochwald (who have a combined 27 years of experience in the world of New York rentals), for this week's Take It or Leave It.
Size: 1.5-bed, 1-bath
Location: 346 MacDonough Street (between Stuyvesant and Lewis)
Flexible Layout: No
Days on the market: 14 days
Subway: A, C at Utica Ave.; C at Kingston-Throop; J, Z at Gates Ave.; LIRR at Nostrand Ave
Pros and Cons:
"This tidy 1.5-bedroom in the Stuyvesant Heights historic district of Bed-Stuy has retained its original details—love the limestone fireplace and French doors. And, while the oversized, skylit bathroom might not be to everyone’s taste—hello sconces!—the price is right for a brownstone on this gorgeous block." - Lambeth
"This apartment has a lot of charming details: picture molding, multiple fireplaces, pretty woodwork detail on the floors and plenty of natural light. Plus there is a room for a home office or a nursery. The fixtures are a little dated, but I think the whirlpool tub might come in handy after trekking home in the blustery January cold." - Julie
"I really like the fact that this place seems to retain its old-world brownstone charm—the walls, the fireplace—but still has modern updates like the whirlpool bathtub and the modern appliances. And it seems to have a good amount of natural light. Plus that extra little bedroom/office even has a window. Score! Of course, the major con is that it's a fourth-floor walk-up. I know Europeans don't mind, but for us Americans, that can be a dealbreaker, no matter how good the light and views are at the top." - Lucy