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Living on the ground floor might not be so bad in this Park Slope garden apartment

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Ground-floor apartments have their drawbacks, like dim lighting and increased noise from foot traffic outside and neighbors upstairs, but there can be some upsides too.

Take this one-bedroom, one-bath rental in Park Slope, which offers easy access to a shared back garden. There are only two units in the building, so the competition for access won't be so great. 

The unit has prewar charm—the property dates to 1901—as well as a renovated, very modern kitchen, and it's two blocks from Prospect Park and five blocks from the B and Q trains at Seventh Avenue.

It's listed for $3,250 a month, which is on the steep side even for the neighborhood, but it's also roomy, at over 1,600 square feet. 

In the open living and dining area, you'll find a wall of exposed brick and a decorative marble fireplace that reflect the building's age.

There are also built-in bookshelves and a large closet in the hallway for storage.

The kitchen, meanwhile, is sleek and minimalist—so much so that it's not totally clear where the refrigerator is. We're guessing (hoping?) it's behind the white cabinets.

The bedroom is at the back of the unit, which means you'll be shielded from street noise.

On the other hand, it opens right onto the yard, so if your upstairs neighbors like to have their morning coffee outside—or throw late-night ragers—this amenity could easily turn into a cause for consternation. 

More solidly in the plus column: the bathroom has been recently renovated, and the apartment includes an in-unit washer and dryer, storage space, and an office. 

 

 

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