Behind an unassuming brick facade on a classically quaint block in the heart of Boerum Hill, this three-family house at 125 Butler Street is a spacious and surprising modern home. With contemporary comforts and designer details at every turn, the 5,100 square-foot home boasts a 20-foot extension on the lower two floors, resulting in a 3,000 square-foot owners’ duplex with room to spare for outdoor garden space. On the market for $3.95 million, the house is divided into that four-bedroom, 3.5-bath duplex and a pair of spacious two-bedroom apartments on the upper floors for high rental income.
Starting with the open-plan lower duplex, a 2011 foundation-up gut renovation has created a “magnificently modern” masterpiece of a home, with an easy flow between living, entertaining, relaxing and cooking areas. Oversized windows bring in plenty of sunlight. You’ll also find ten-foot ceilings on the parlor floor, central AC, radiant-heated polished concrete floors on each level, new windows, a high-efficiency boiler and new wiring for cable and internet.
The kitchen features a five-burner Fagor cooktop, butcher-block counters, two walls of sleek, oversized cabinets, a wine rack and a large island with counter seating. Light pours in from a skylight, and a wall of glass at the back of the house floods the family and dining rooms, which open seamlessly onto a deck overlooking the landscaped garden. Also on this floor are a powder room and an office.
The garden is the perfect urban oasis, landscaped but with plenty of greenery. The listing doesn’t mention that little shed, but we can think of a million uses for it including the obvious storage of garden tools.
A custom glass staircase leads to the garden level where you’ll find four generously-sized bedrooms and three bathrooms; an expansive hallway was designed to feel more like a room, allowing light to flow through this lower level.
The master suite opens onto the back yard—which feels like a secret garden from this vantage point—and includes built in closets and a luxurious bath with double sinks, a deep soaking tub and a walk-in shower.
In addition to the rest of the bedrooms, a laundry room boasts a high-efficiency washer/dryer. In case you need more space: There’s a semi-finished, high-ceilinged basement at your disposal for storage, or to use as a media room.
On the upper floors, the rental units have also been thoughtfully renovated, each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus mini-split AC, dishwashers, and a washer/dryer in each unit.
The second floor apartment also has a private roof deck (the top of the parlor-floor extension). Given the desirability of the neighborhood, finding tenants willing to pay top dollar (a combined $7,000, according to the listing) for such a well-turned-out space should be a breeze. The alternative options are many: Take the cute second floor unit and rent out the duplex for an even bigger income; or take over the whole house and create a sprawling single-family homestead.
Considered to be one of Brooklyn’s best neighborhoods, Boerum Hill is not only an incredibly convenient commute to Manhattan, but also a borough hub surrounded by some of the city’s finest restaurants, antique and design shops, cafes and markets, with a vibrant family-friendly community. Also nearby are Barclays Center, BAM, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and all of the amenities of downtown Brooklyn.
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Images courtesy of Corcoran Group.
Neighborhoods : Boerum Hill