Rental pick of the week

A one bedroom in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with original details, for $2,250

By Nikki M. Mascali | January 29, 2019 - 9:00AM 

Whoever lives here better like woodwork.

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Brownstones are quintessential New York City buildings, but you don't always need to be a buyer to enjoy these classic houses. You can find apartments for rent in classic brownstones, even some with original details, if that's your thing.

Take the parlor apartment that you can rent at 591 Jefferson Ave. This one bedroom is a floor-through in a four-story brownstone in Stuyvesant Heights built in 1899. It features original woodwork, including a large, built-in mirror with a bench, a carved room divider with a floral motif, pocket doors, and hardwood floors. The pet-friendly apartment is $2,250 per month, which is slightly above the $2,122 median asking rent in this historic neighborhood.

The apartment has a lot of character, and it will take some imagination when it comes to squeezing in your furniture around the intricate woodwork—and an open mind regarding the bath. 

The living room has a large bay window with shutters on the lower half that overlooks Jefferson Avenue. The large mirror in the middle of the wall makes furniture placement a bit tricky.

The kitchen is pretty basic, but it has plenty of cabinets and counter space along one wall. It also appears there might be enough space to have a small table next to the fridge, which is on the other wall.

The bedroom is just beyond the kitchen through pocket doors, and has a big bay window that overlooks the backyard, and a walk-in closet, the listing says. It appears large enough to fit a queen-sized bed and other furniture.

Though the listing says it’s been renovated, the bath is a bit, well, wonky. It has large tan tiles around the white tub, and, oddly, exposed brick behind the toilet. It also has a stackable washer and dryer.

The building is near tons of bars and restaurants and is less than 20 minutes from Pratt Institute and Prospect Park.

The A and C trains are a four-minute walk on Utica Avenue, and the J train is also close by on Gates Avenue or Halsey Street.


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