Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn is known for its stock of townhouses, many of which still retain incredible amounts of historic details. This one, at 17 Madison Street, has been renovated in a way that tastefully retains features like woodwork, parquet floors, marble mantlepieces and wainscoting. And beautiful interior design, on top of that, is the icing on the cake.
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There’s so much to love about this 4,100-square-foot, four-story limestone townhouse at 271 Stuyvesant Avenue we hardly know where to start. For lovers of historic homes, this 1890s townhouse has a bounty of intact original details on every floor, from fireplaces to inlaid parquet floors to moldings and wainscoting. It’s in a great corner spot in the prized Stuyvesant Heights historic district, the Bed-Stuy neighborhood known for its rows of architecturally notable brownstones and limestones. There’s outdoor space and a deck; use the garden-level apartment for extra income (or live in the lower unit, with the yard and finished cellar).
But perhaps the most rare blessing of this property is that proceeds from the sale of the $2.795 million home will “enable the launch of a non-profit creative residency for marginalized youth,” founded by the current owner, renowned photojournalist and Guggenheim Fellow Brenda Kenneally.
There really is something dreamy about the interior of this Bed-Stuy home at 231 Decatur Street. From the outside, it looks like a well-kept, historic townhouse — prominent Brooklyn architects Axel Hedman and Eli Bishop designed this barrel-front, Renaissance Revival-style brownstone in 1897. The interior is chock full of historic detailing, too, like intricate mantels and woodwork, decorative fireplaces and stained-glass windows. The design, very bright and white, compliments those old details well, and gives the spaces an ethereal feel. If we could pick any Brooklyn brownstone to show up in our dreams, this would be the one.
No matter how lavish, developer and flipper renovations rarely hold a candle to the custom designs executed by architects for their clients’ homes–even more so when the architects are the clients and the homes are their own. This unassuming townhouse at 702 Monroe Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, on the market for $1.635 million, is a prime example.
In this case, the innovative pair behind architecture firm noroof (they received national recognition for their “Slot House” and specialize in designing small spaces) worked their creative and practical magic on a comparatively compact historic Brooklyn townhouse with a unique front porch and a lot of potential charm. Based on love and respect for the porch as a gathering, sheltering and enhancing element, they’ve named the resulting project “porchouse,” an elegantly-designed home with a clean, modern interior that’s perfect for family living–with plenty of curb appeal.
The days of finding an affordable historic brownstone in Brooklyn are long gone. Today, brownstones–like this one at 348 Gates Avenue in Bed-Stuy–are priced into the millions. Because the home has much of its historic interior details intact, like mantles, high ceilings and the original hardwood floors, it’s especially pricey for the neighborhood, with an asking price of $1.9 million. It’s also in a convenient area of the neighborhood, bordering Clinton Hill and off the main drag of Franklin Avenue. So, will this brownstone achieve its high ask?
One of our favorite things about old, well-kept brownstones? The intricate wood detailing you’ll find along the doorways, mantelpieces, staircases and shelving. The phrase, “They just don’t make them like that anymore” applies here. This brownstone at 429 Hancock Street in Bed-Stuy, a classic Brooklyn brownstone neighborhood, has plenty of the above details. As the listing says, the home is in the Queen Anne style with some Romanesque Revival elements thrown in. It’s also got some modern upgrades to go along with it. For this blend of the historic and the new, it’s going to cost you a total of $1.999 million.
What if we told you you could have an entire 2,664-square-foot brownstone in Brooklyn for under one million dollars? This four-level home at 374 Decatur Street in Bed-Stuy has everything you need to make your dreams come true. Naturally, you’re going to have to put in a little sweat equity (or you can always pay someone), but the final result will be exactly what you want it to be and well worth the $855,000 investment. Sound interesting? We thought so.
Are all the prettiest listings in Bed-Stuy? It sure seems like it these days! This brownstone at 25 Monroe Street is on the market asking $2.75 million. It has a beautifully restored historic interior that’s been paired with a more modern renovation to add a contemporary touch. The result is an impressive balance of both old and new.
Bed-Stuy is a Brooklyn neighborhood that’s known for its stock of historic townhouses with incredible interior details. Here’s one at 724 Macon Street, on the market for $1.299 million. The listing brags that the details are in “museum quality condition,” and looking through the photos we’d have to agree. If you’re someone who likes old homes, you will want to check out the extensive woodwork throughout the interior.
For $2.1 million you can nab a turn-of-the-century Italianate brick townhouse on a tree-lined block in Bed-Stuy. The two-family home measures 20 feet wide and 45 feet deep, and offers period details like inlaid parquet floors, pocket doors, pier glass mirrors, and marble mantelpieces. And who doesn’t want a koi pond?