With a pale Scandinavian vibe and sunlight around every corner, this modestly-sized single-family home at 268 East 9th Street in Kensington has been thoughtfully renovated for modern life. Three exposures, a skylight, a quaint–and rare–front porch and a large fenced backyard add to the country-in-the-city feeling.
It’s not everyday you find a condo apartment with its own solarium—especially in the quiet, suburban-like neighborhood of Kensington, Brooklyn. This is the top floor apartment at 734 East 5th Street, an eight-unit, four-story development built in 2005. A wall of complete glass lines the east end of the apartment, creating a small solarium above the dining area. It leads out onto a patio, which isn’t even the only outdoor option in this sun-flooded space.
You might call Kensington an “under-the-radar” neighborhood of Brooklyn–it doesn’t get a lot of press coverage, it isn’t known for any of Brooklyn’s famous brownstone architecture, and it only covers 107 square blocks a little further south in the borough. But it’s still a lovely, family-friendly area with great townhouses and proximity to both Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery.
This three-story townhouse at 277 East 9th Street has been totally and completely renovated by a “boutique developer” who, according to the listing, “spared no expense.” The ask of $1.575 million obviously isn’t cheap, but you’re definitely getting more bang for your buck in a borough where townhouses that need major upgrading still go for up to $2 million. Here, at least, there are no renovations needed.