I Want This Brooklyn Condo on Prospect Park, $1.59M

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Once upon a time, there was an old-fashioned soda fountain on this site, the corner of 9th Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It was surprisingly unloved, despite its sweet, stained glass and egg creams on the menu, so developers tore it down and built the biggest building they could: four stories overlooking the winding paths of the park.

There was no neighborhood hoopla over the construction, as far as I know, and I for one have always thought the building was perfectly acceptable: not really in conversation with the Italianate brownstones and limestones around it, but quietly proud, with its brick facade and window trim painted French blue. And with the open floor plans, great views and wall of windows, it seemed like a pretty darned nice place to live.

Now there's a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath unit on the market for $1.595 million, and it still seems like a pretty darned nice place to live. With it you get central air, a semi-private green roof, keyed elevator, space, light, and a bathroom with beautiful subway tile (I even like the sea foam walls, believe it or not).

While most people move to this neighborhood dreaming of 19th-century detail, I think the modern, clean lines version of Park Slope life seems great ... as does the washer dryer. You're paying a little more for modernity, though. This four-bedroom in the posh Center slope is $100,000 less. The Prospect Park West property has one leg up on it though; it's only one block from the F subway, which means an easier commute..


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