This top-floor two-bedroom condominium at 4 Downing Street in Clinton Hill, we’re told, is “an iconic turn of the century building recently completely reimagined and overhauled as a boutique condominium.” Said overhaul was undertaken in 2015 by Barrett Design and Development on what was previously the indeed-iconic Broken Angel House, once among Brooklyn’s most unique landmarks. Artist Arthur Wood purchased the original tenement building in 1979 for $2,000 and subsequently transformed it into a whimsical, livable sculpture, complete with stained glass windows made from bottles and glass, a cathedral-like glass addition, and brick wings. It was also the backdrop for the documentary “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.” The two-bedroom unit is on the market for $1.55 million; it was purchased as new construction two years ago for $1.42 million.
The apartment has the full list of trendy fixtures and finishes including herringbone flooring, a modern chandelier and minimal open shelves in the sleek, Corian-topped kitchen. Oversized windows offer a view over Downing Street, and exposed brick walls, high ceilings and an open plan living room give it a sense of breathing room. We’re not sure if the “Marijuana is the Devil” poster is an endorsement or a warning, but we’re assuming it will leave with the current owner.
Along one wall, a narrow workspace has been carved out, providing a smart home office. Also here is a washer/dryer and storage.
At the back of the home are two bedrooms overlooking the garden. The master bath is as cool and crisp as the kitchen, with a glass walled shower.
The coolest thing about this cleverly contemporary condo is the stunning roof deck outfitted with custom cedar planters and a dining pergola for shade.
Though it’s on the top floor, the building has an elevator, plus more relief in the form of low common charges and a J-51 tax abatement until 2031. There’s a a video intercom, a central bike room and more private storage in the basement.
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Neighborhoods : Clinton Hill