This $1.2M Clinton Hill prewar triplex condo unfolds beneath the arches of a former seminary


Photo credit: Russ Ross Photography for The Corcoran Group

This one-bedroom home at the rarely-available Cathedral Condominiums at 555 Washington Avenue on the border between Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights has a unique history to go with its dramatic architecture. Built in 1914, the striking building was first home to Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception. Converted to a 53-unit condominium in 1988, the building is a neighborhood landmark, noted for its Gothic design. In addition to access to the building’s lushly landscaped common courtyard, the unit, asking $1,195,000, has a private, fenced-in brick patio for entertaining or growing one’s own tranquil seminary garden.

Enter the apartment through a pair of sliding doors through the aforementioned patio. Throughout, walls of casement windows fill the home with light and garden views for an indoor/outdoor vibe.

A massive stone archway gives way to lofty vaulted ceilings nearly 15 feet high in the main living and dining area. The adjacent eat-in kitchen is clean and contemporary, with new steel appliances and butcher block worktops accented by classic white subway tile.

At the rear of the main level, a spacious bedroom has built-in shelving and a wall of closets. A unique curved wall is open to the upper level at its apex; the room is highlighted by casement windows and arched transoms. Also on this floor is an in-unit washer and dryer.

The home’s upper level contains a sleeping loft framed by solid beamed ceilings and restored hardwood floors.

On the lower level are two large bonus rooms ready for use as home office space, guest rooms, workout rooms or for additional storage. A spiral stair connects the two lower floors.

In addition to your own private outdoor space, the courtyard available to all residents is a park-like escape from the lively surrounding neighborhoods. The building also offers a part-time doorman and a live-in super.

[Listing details: 555 Washington Avenue, #1D at CityRealty]

[At The Corcoran Group by Tim Stanard, Andrew Weitsman, and Brian Streater]


Photo credit: Russ Ross Photography for The Corcoran Group

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