It requires looking past a bevy of red carpets, but this two-family home in Flatbush has some period details, a good amount of space, and the convenience of parking with both a driveway. and a garage. Adjoining, it is fenestrated on four exposures, probably favoring cross ventilation and light. At 15 Lloyd Street, this is one of two identical brick houses on the one-block-long street.
Dating back to the 1930s, the houses have whimsical exteriors with heavily patterned and colorful brick facades and a touch of Tudor style with half-timbered eaves in jerkinhead. the historical tax photo shows number 15 lost its original door cowl at the entrance to the upper unit and multi-pane windows, but otherwise has its exterior details intact. Houses with similar silhouettes and details can be found elsewhere in Flatbush and Canarsie, and their designers include architects Kavy & Kavovitt, James J. Millman, and Irving Kirshenblit.
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The two apartments, accessed by separate doors from the front terrace, have a living and dining area at the front, a dining kitchen in the middle and two bedrooms at the rear. The upper apartment has an additional bedroom next to the living room. While each unit has only one full bathroom, the basement contains another full one as well as a half bath. It also has a games room, an office, another kitchen and access to the garage.
The list only offers a handful of plans scattered between the two units, but period details include wall moldings, chair rails, and likely wood floors tucked away under the carpet. The living room in the downstairs unit is carpet-less and has deco-style hardwood floors and wall moldings that repeat in the living room above.
In addition to a formal dining area, each unit has a spacious dining area next to the kitchen. The upstairs one has an original corner cupboard – possibly a telephone niche – and the kitchen itself has original decorative tiles on its walls and a porcelain sink with drainboards. There are also a lot of wooden cabinets which are of a later date but still have a retro style. Whether linoleum or tiled, the brown and gray diamond pattern flooring is in keeping with the era of the house (the lower level entrance has a similar geometric patterned floor).
Only one of the full bathrooms is shown and it has newer tiled floors, but the jazzy pink, yellow, and black deco wall tiles appear almost intact, including in the arched tub niche.
A closed driveway runs along the house and contains three cars, according to the listing. A separate closed driveway located between the two identical houses leads to the indoor garage. It looks immaculate in the photo and has a herringbone patterned reclaimed wood wall. The back yard is not shown but the listing indicates that the current owner has a vegetable garden. Each unit has its own electricity meters.
The house has not changed hands since the 1970s and will be delivered vacant. Listed with Corcoran’s Nicole Christie, it’s priced at $ 1.395 million. What do you think?
[Listing: 15 Lloyd Street | Broker: Corcoran] GMAP