If you’ve got some mid-century kitchen collectibles to show off, this Kensington townhome features a retro show kitchen perfect for staging, as well as a more practical, fully equipped kitchen. Built circa 1915 at 324 Caton Avenue, this single family townhouse also offers the allure of a corner location with a two-car garage.
It sits on a block of red brick Colonial Revival style townhouses, built from 1915 by developer Peter J. Collins and designed by architect BF Hudson, stretching along both sides of the street. Collins advertised the homes that same year for $5,950 each with steam heating, electric lights, and hardwood floors.
The interior of the 20-foot-wide home has been updated while retaining historic details like hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms. These are on the first floor along with the retro kitchen, while the everyday kitchen is on the garden level along with a lounge, laundry room and full bath. On the second floor are three bedrooms – a fourth has been converted into two walk-in closets – and two full baths.
Passing its neighbors in line, the house originally had a stair hall and a pillared partition with built-in bookshelves separating the living room and dining room. The stair hall has been opened up to the living room, with half walls providing some definition. The original staircase is present and painted white, as is most of the crown molding and walls throughout the house. A plain door with unpainted moldings leads to the dining room.
A modern fitted wall provides storage space in the dining room and wraps around a corner to accommodate a built-in desk. The space opens into the 1950s kitchen with vintage white cabinets, a metal-edged countertop, and a wall oven built into a faux brick wall. There’s room for a table if a shopper wants to continue the retro theme, and a back door provides access to the backyard.
Downstairs is the practical kitchen which has not been recently updated but is spacious with lots of panel front cabinets and a large island with space for seating. It also has a dishwasher, Agent Brownstoner said.
Upstairs, the bedroom facing the street is the largest with an en-suite bathroom and those two walk-in closets. They open via pocket doors whose surround mimics the exterior’s keystone lintels. One of these closets has a window and could be used as a small home office. The bathroom has been renovated with marble tile walls and ceiling, a shower and white fixtures. The other full bath on the floor has a skylight and tub.
There is green space in the front yard and on the side, separated from the sidewalk by a red metal fence. The yard is paved at the back but has space for eating and potted plants. The two car garage is adjacent to the back yard and is accessed off East 4th Street. A little more green space is just a block away at East 4th Street Community Garden. For Halloween enthusiasts, East 4th Street between Caton and Albemarle Avenues gets into the spooky decorating spirit and is a popular trick-or-treating destination.
The electrical, plumbing and windows have been updated according to the listing, which also notes that the mechanics are “in good condition”.
The house has not been on the market since the 1990s. Carolyn Cedar of Compass has the listing and the property is priced at $2.25 million. Is the question worth it?
[Listing: 324 Caton Avenue | Broker: Compass] GMAP
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