We think the building was built in the 1950s or 60s. The upstairs apartment has two bedrooms, one with a washer and dryer installed over what we would later discover was a heavily water-damaged floor, a kitchen with issues, and a nice-sized living room, and lots of closet space. It has lovely south and west-facing windows (with lots of wasp nests tucked between windows and storms), and oak floors, which in the kitchen was covered by vinyl over some well-worn (out) original linoleum, held down by tarpaper. It had also been occupied by a smoker for years. So, while the bones were great, there was some work to do.
Some pics of our diamond in the rough:
Since then, we've had new windows installed (bye-bye wasps), done quite a few minor repair-y things, and a LOT of cleaning, sealing, priming and painting. Nicotene, need I say more. Can't imagine putting that stuff in my lungs. Just sayin'. Every.surface.in.the.apartment. We also made a mid-course correction in the kitchen and had our contractor gut two walls and the ceiling, where condensation had ruined the insulation and drywall. Might as well do it right.