Kensington One-Bedroom Asks $2,500 a Month


In a postwar building turned co-op, this Kensington one-bedroom for rent has a spacious layout with a generous amount closet space. It’s on the fourth floor of the 1960s red brick apartment house at 495 East 7th Street.

The 1961 certificate of occupancy shows the building, one of three of that era on the block, had 84 apartments for rent when it was completed plus one unit for the live-in super. A 1963 ad for “choice” apartments promised new air-conditioned units, with three-room apartments renting for $117.50 a month.

This unit opens into a long hallway leading to a foyer with two closets. The space is open to the living room and there are arched openings to the kitchen and to the bedroom hallway. The rectangular living room is generously sized with an in-wall air conditioner below the windows.

In the windowed kitchen are wood cabinets, a tile floor, and stainless steel appliances, but no dishwasher.

Large enough to fit a king-sized bed, the bedroom also has two exposures, wood floors, two closets, and another air conditioning unit.

The white fixtures in the updated bathroom are paired with green floor tile and gray wall tile with a green accent tile. Closets in the apartment total six.

The elevator building has a laundry room and bike storage; the listing notes that the common areas of the building have undergone a “complete modernization.”

Lauren Chao and Andrea Geissler of Compass have the listing and the rental is priced at $2,500 a month. (A similar unit for sale is asking $430,000.) What do you think?

[Listing: 495 East 7th Street #4E | Broker: Compass] GMAP

living room with wood floor

kitchen with wood cabinets and beige floor tile

bedroom with two exposures

bathroom with green floor tile and a green border tile

entrance to the building with a winged canopy

red brick exterior of the buildng

The building this year. Photo by Scott H. Gallant for PropertyShark

floorplan showing a large foyer and closet space

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