Location: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
The six-story prewar building at 372 Dekalb Avenue, known as Clinton Mews, once housed the Grossman Shoe Factory and then sat empty for years until it was converted into a co-op in the late 1980s. This one-bedroom apartment sits on the fifth floor of the 78-unit elevator building and is one of just four units with a wraparound balcony overlooking mature trees, which help obscure the adjacent gated parking lot (there’s currently a short waitlist for a space, which is offered to tenants for $177 a month). It’s right next to the Pratt campus and an 11-minute walk on Dekalb to the southeastern corner of Fort Greene Park, where there is a farmers market on Saturdays. The G train at Classon Avenue is a 4-minute walk away.
Specs: 1 bed, 1 bath, approx. 785 square feet (interior), 150 square feet (exterior)
The airy apartment makes its industrial bones known with an expansive layout, massive (south-facing) windows, and 10-foot-4-inch ceilings throughout. The current owners, whose first-time homebuying experience was spotlighted in a 2017 New York Times story, apparently spent tens of thousands of dollars renovating, giving the kitchen a custom stainless-steel makeover (countertops and cabinets included), along with plenty of subway tile and exposed walnut shelves. The updated bathroom across from the washer-dryer has a grid-framed walk-in shower, concrete sink, and concrete floors, while the bedroom has two closets (one of them a walk-in) and space for a desk or two. The building comes with bike storage, a courtyard, on-site security and super, as well as two full-time porters, all of which factors into a maintenance fee of $1,034 a month (fairly reasonable).