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This charming Park Slope studio is priced well but could use more storage space

Prewar details give this $435,000 Park Slope studio a certain charm. Douglas Elliman 

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Prewar details such as tin ceilings, arched doorways, and original parquet floors give this garden-level Park Slope studio, at 191 Berkeley Place, #1 lots of charm. It’s listed for $435,000—a deal for Brooklyn, where the median price for a studio is $499,000, according to StreetEasy. But it’s small, and there's a raised loft bed, under which is the apartment's only "closet" space.

The living area is tiny, but bright, with two decent-sized windows that overlook the street. White tin ceilings, white walls, and light-colored flooring add to the brightness. Shelves line the walls, while furniture takes up lots of space beneath them. It might be wise to use fewer pieces—specifically ones that can double as storage.

On the other side of the room near the kitchen is the queen-sized loft bed—a raised platform with a mattress on top of it. Beneath the bed—hidden behind a white curtain—is a bit of storage space. But it seems like it’d be easy for even the most balanced of folks to fall off of a platform like this. A bed at a more normal height with some drawers underneath and some shelves above might be a better way to go.

Pass through an arched doorway to get to the kitchen, a small, but clean-looking white space with a fridge, a narrow oven, and a white-tiled backsplash. There are only a couple of cabinets, which probably explains the presence of the additional shelving unit and dresser near the archway. Counter space is also lacking.

The bathroom is white, too, although not nearly as bright as the kitchen. There’s also a pedestal sink, meaning storage may once again be a problem.

The studio is in a recently updated, cat-friendly, brownstone co-op with free on-site laundry and basement storage. There's no underlying mortgage, so maintenance is a reasonable $288 a month. Pieds-à-terre and guarantors are allowed.

It’s minutes from Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Park Slope Food Coop. It’s also close to the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Barclays Center, and BAM. The B, Q, 2, and 3 subway lines are nearby. In addition, there are multiple Citi Bike stations within a short walk, according to Localize.city.

 

 

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