NEW YORK CITY — After location and natural light (affordability is a given), two of the more desired apartment characteristics are outdoor space and a high floor. Penthouse apartments typically achieve both — along with the aforementioned sunlight. Here are three top-floor apartments to check out this weekend, two of which have two private outdoor spaces.
957 Pacific St., Apt. 504, Prospect Heights/Crown Heights, Brooklyn
1.5 Bedrooms/1 Bath
Approximately 802 square feet
Common Charges: $443.67 per month
Real Estate Taxes: $42.67 per month
Open House: Sunday, June 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lowdown: A move to Minneapolis for work has prompted the owner to sell this condo with both a private terrace and rooftop spaces after only about three years, said Kris Sylvester, of Halstead Property.
Because it was a new-build, a Nest thermostat and treatments to the south-facing wall of windows to “minimize the heat gain in the apartment from the unobstructed sunlight” are the only touches the seller added, Sylvester said.
Those four floor-to-ceiling glass doors also “collapse to the side, so the living room extends onto the patio, which is a nice feature, especially for entertaining,” he noted.
In similar fashion, the pocket doors between the bedroom and office area add flexibility to the layout — allowing for the spaces to be used interchangeably, as a single room or as two bedrooms — albeit one on the narrow side.
The building is also part of the HelloLiving Community, a cluster of buildings in the area that share amenities. This building has a screening room, billiard room and owners' lounge. Others include a gym, pool and children’s playroom. Owners in the community buildings have access to all the shared amenities, Sylvester said.
Location: Whether you consider the block between Washington and Grand avenues Prospect Heights or Crown Heights, both have become “coveted neighborhoods” in recent years. Proof — Starbucks is due to debut in Crown Heights in the fall and a section of Franklin Avenue will become a dedicated bike lane in early July.
Both the C train on Fulton Street at Clinton-Washington and the Shuttle at Franklin Avenue are about four blocks away. It’s a little less than a mile to the Grand Army Plaza 2, 3 or Seventh Avenue B, Q trains.
Why put it on your open house calendar? Sylvester credits the apartment’s uniqueness, including the flexible bedroom/office space, the extension of the living room onto the patio and the rooftop deck with its views and barbecue grill.
“You can see the Fourth of July fireworks now that they’re back on the East River,” he said. “It’s really perfect living for Brooklyn.”
Friday, June 13, 2014