Historic Homes

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

Photo Credit: Gamut Photos for Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s not every day a mansion like this comes to the market in Brooklyn, especially at a $1.25 million discount. The incredible Renaissance Revival-style, limestone home in Prospect Lefferts Gardens first listed for $4 million in 2018, but the price has now come down to $2.75 million. Located at 125 Maple Street, it’s full of opulent, pre-war details like stained glass windows, elaborate moldings and ceiling medallions, and regal columns galore. Plus, there’s the sheer size of it–the home spans just about 6,000 square feet and has five bedrooms.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

Photo by Roy Savage

The city of Newburgh, about an hour-and-a-half drive from Manhattan, often gets a bad rap for its past crime statistics. But in recent years, shops and restaurants have been sprouting up, the arts scene is booming, preservation groups are working to save the wealth of historic mansions, and the relatively affordable housing stock is enticing buyers. Take, for example, this 1875 Victorian home. It’s over 3,500 square feet, is beautifully preserved, and overlooks the Hudson River and Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. And it’s asking just $650,000.

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Historic Homes, Staten Island

Photos courtesy of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

The farmhouse once owned by one of the most famous landscape architects in the United States could soon become a national landmark. The New York State Board for Historic Preservation this week recommended Frederick Law Olmsted’s former two-story home in the South Shore of Staten Island for the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Once part of a 130-acre farm, the property is significant for the role it played in Olmsted’s discovery of landscape design and parks as a public good, which later influenced his ideas for Central Park and Prospect Park. Despite its designation as a New York City landmark in 1967, the house, while intact, has deteriorated over the years and requires significant restoration work.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons, Historic Homes

Built in 1693, Sag Harbor’s oldest home lists for $1.5M

By Dana Schulz, Thu, September 10, 2020

Photos courtesy of Compass

Built 327 years ago, this charming cottage is thought to be the oldest home in Sag Harbor Village, however, it wasn’t built in Sag Harbor. According to past listings, the home was actually constructed in Sagaponack and then moved five times before settling in Sag Harbor, where it remains today at 64 Union Street and is asking $1,550,000. The original part of the house retains its exposed ceiling beams, wide-plank wood floors, and two working fireplaces. As a bonus, there’s a separate studio structure on the property that would make a great guest house.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons, Historic Homes

Photo credit: Mike Heller

This picture-perfect Sag Harbor home was originally built in 1791, and a modern restoration in 2013 brought it “back to its former glory,” according to the listing. After spending some time as a $1,950/night vacation rental, the home is now on the market for $2,950,000. Inside, the three-bedroom house mixes historic bones with whimsical details, a combo that is echoed outside, where a pergola-covered dining area and secret garden surround the pool.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

All photos courtesy of Compass

It’s hard to believe this stunning home is asking under $1 million, but it’s even more surprising that it’s available for the first time in over a century. Located in the Dutchess County hamlet of New Hamburg, the Victorian home was built in 1860 and underwent a full restoration in 2003. In addition to its great location, wrap-around porch, and tons of preserved historic details, the property comes with a separate guest cottage that’s just as lovely.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

Listing photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

“Santa Barbara comes to Scarsdale,” says the listing, and we couldn’t agree more. This Mediterranean home in Westchester was built in 1928 in the California stucco style. A pool with a waterfall, multiple terraces, large guest house, and tennis court, complete the west coast picture. The home is on the market for $4,450,000.

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Cool Listings, Greenwich Village, Historic Homes

Photos by Andrew Kiracofe for Sotheby’s International Realty

New York City has several hidden mews sprinkled across its mostly gridded landscape, including MacDougal Alley in Greenwich Village. Located just north of Washington Square Park, the gated half-block cul-de-sac was constructed as a stretch of carriage houses to serve the townhouses that lined ritzy Washington Square North. Today, these charming carriage houses remain, and many of them have been transformed into private residences, like this one at number 6 Macdougal Alley. For the first time in 25 years, the nearly 1,800-square-foot red brick home is up for rent, asking $10,000 a month.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

All photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

This sprawling English Manor-style estate in Greenwich, Connecticut was built in 1928 by Paul Starrett, one of the main developers behind the Empire State Building and the Plaza. Set on nearly three acres, the seven-bedroom home has grand interiors, romantic landscaping, and a gorgeous pool. It’s just hit the market for $8,295,000.

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Clinton Hill, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

Photos courtesy of Compass

This Greek Revival home looks like something one might find in New Orleans or Savannah, but it’s actually right in Clinton Hill. Its southern charm, however, has not seemed to help the home at 136 Clinton Avenue find a buyer; it’s been on and off the market for four years, originally asking $4.8 million. One year ago, the price dropped to $3.6 million, and it’s just been lowered again to $3,420,000. Perhaps its “haunted” past is scaring off potential buyers. The historic home is known to be one of the most haunted in Brooklyn.

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