This 2-bedroom in the Green Brier at 559 W. Surf in East Lakeview came on the market in early August 2014.
The building was built in 1903 and most of the units, including this one, have many of the vintage features of that era including 10 foot ceilings, thick crown molding and pocket doors.
This unit also has a decorative fireplace.
The kitchen and baths are newer, however.
The kitchen has white cabinets, stone counter tops and stainless steel appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator.
But what struck me about this unit, having done many posts on this building on CribChatter in the past, was that all of the crown molding, including the molding around the windows, and even the pocket doors, was painted white.
We normally don’t discuss the interior of the units much as this isn’t a design blog.
But there have been several discussions over the years in the CribChatter comments about how you should NEVER paint vintage crown molding.
This is the first unit I’ve seen for sale in the Green Brier where someone actually had the guts to do it.
To see what the crown molding looks like unpainted in the building, check out this 1-bedroom unit that is currently available here.
The 1-bedroom also has a beamed ceiling, which the 2-bedroom does not, but the color of the wood around the windows is standard throughout the rest of the building.
Should you ever paint vintage crown molding?
Ronda Fish at Jameson Sotheby’s has the listing. Check out the pictures, and that painted crown molding, here.
Unit #207: 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1500 square feet
- Sold in August 2002 for $299,000
- Sold in July 2005 for $353,000
- Sold in June 2007 for $400,000
- Currently listed for $429,000
- Assessments of $529 a month (includes doorman, cable)
- Taxes of $3087
- Central Air
- Washer/Dryer in the unit
- No parking- but rental is available
- Listing says the unit is rented until September 2014
- Bedroom #1: 17×12
- Bedroom #2: 14×13
- Den: 10×5