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Which cozy Prospect Heights studio would you buy for $350,000?

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Do you prefer original details, or a renovated blank slate?

Imagine you have around $350,000 to spend on a place and you've narrowed it down to two Prospect Heights apartments. How do you make up your mind? The answer is simple: you shove them into a metaphorical cage and let them battle it out until one emerges victorious. It's time for Real Estate Deathmatch.

It’s not often that two identical apartments come to market at the same time, with the same asking price, but with wildly different decor styles, but it’s a new year and anything is possible, apparently.

The apartments in question are both located in a 1920s co-op building on Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, and both are asking $349,000—even the maintenance on each is the same, at $616. But as you’ll see in the photos, they don’t quite look the same.

Here’s apartment 3K:

Per the brokerbabble, this apartment has many of its original details—plaster molding, sconces, original oak flooring, and vintage chandeliers—that “take you back to more elegant time.” (That must be what the baby grand piano and vintage record player—among other over-the-top touches—are for.) It’s a studio with a small, but separate, kitchen; the bathroom has the original claw-foot tub, too. And while there’s definitely a whole lotta look happening here, there’s plenty of opportunity to modernize the space.

And here’s apartment 4K, just one floor up:

Unlike its neighbor, this apartment was recently renovated; according to the brokerbabble, it comes with new hardwood floors, a totally revamped kitchen (with subway tile and butcher block countertops, because it’s Brooklyn so of course that’s what it has), and a redone bathroom. Some of the same vintage touches remain, though—the cast-iron tub and plaster moldings, namely. But without the cluttered staging of 3K, it’s a bit easier to see how the space might actually function as an apartment.

So which one would you choose: Opulent with the potential for your own updates? Or recently renovated but without as much personality? Cast your vote, and talk amongst yourselves in the comments.

  • Listing: 125 Eastern Parkway #3K, #4K [Corcoran]