Many people know Bushwick as the Brooklyn neighborhood of artists and lofty warehouse apartments. But Bushwick Avenue is also home to many historic mansions built in the 19th century. This Renaissance Revival property at 716 Bushwick Avenue is one of them. The large mansion is decked out with many historic touches– woodwork, fireplaces, parquet floors–but it also pays tribute to Bushwick’s rebirth as an artist destination. (You won’t believe the graffiti work on display in the basement.) To buy a home that embodies both old world and new world Bushwick, it’s going to cost $1.98 million.
The listing photos, at first, reveal the home to be a typical pre-war property. You’ve got amazing woodwork, two antique fireplace mantles, 10-foot ceilings, and antique chandeliers. There are a total of 34 original five-panel doors throughout the house as well.
It’s also huge, at 3,800 square feet. There are eight (eight!) total bedrooms, and three bathrooms. The home is currently configured as a two-family, but there are many different options for a buyer: it could be a double duplex, a triplex with a rental unit, or even converted back into a grand, single-family mansion.
If you thought the whole house would feel historic, you would be wrong. Right now, the basement has been transformed into an artist studio. The walls are decked out with graffiti work, mirroring a lot of the artwork you see on the streets of Bushwick today.
Someone very talented has taken to these walls, which are covered with different designs.
As if the artwork wasn’t surprising enough, the apartment unit that’s part of this home has its own distinct flavor. The wood ceilings, the exposed brick and that rounded entryway really make for a unique living space. Have you ever seen a house with so many personalities? As the listing says, this is “definitely not your typical two family.”
There’s also a gated patio out front, a wrap-around garden area, and a roof terrace. Another big perk, besides all of that artwork, is that the home comes with a garage.
Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman
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