On one of the prettiest blocks in the landmarked Stuyvesant Heights section of Bed-Stuy, this 3,240-square-foot 1890s brownstone is brimming with historic architectural details. Designed by prolific Brooklyn architect Amzi Hill, 740 Macon Street has been lovingly restored by the home’s longtime owners, one of whom happens to be a celebrated local artist whose sense of history and beauty is reflected at every turn. Highlights include arched windows, six tiled fireplaces, parquet floors, wooden shutters, pressed tin ceilings, pocket doors, a pier mirror, egg-and-dart molding and intricate fretwork, plus a landscaped garden and terrace. The two-family townhouse–there’s a one-bedroom garden unit for rental income–is asking $2.3 million.
On one of the neighborhood’s most beautiful historic brownstone streets where Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy meet, the upper triplex of a turn-key renovated townhouse at 22 Brevoort Place is for rent for $6,000 a month, complete with nanny suite/kitchenette, roof access, and a sweet Brooklyn backyard.
In a sea of cookie-cutter rentals, there are a rare few that look like home–or even like an interesting place to live. Located at 481 Greene Avenue in what seems to be the new neighborhood of choice for the city’s interior design professionals, this two-bedroom brownstone apartment goes far beyond the average Bed-Stuy rental when it comes to good looks. The gut-renovated 1,100-square-foot first floor unit is one of only six, and it comes with the rare bonus of a private back yard.
Plywood doesn’t have the reputation of a desirable material when it comes to chic home renovations. But the Manhattan design studio New Affiliates used it in this Bed-Stuy loft reno to surprising results. By using raw plywood and rough materials like exposed steel and mesh screens as finishes, the space retains its industrial edge while pulling off a clean, modern–even sexy–aesthetic by pairing such materials with stark blocks of color. As the firm says, “These adjacenies of contrasting materials work to produce something clean, light, and unprecious while maximizing usable space in the loft.” All we have to say is, who knew plywood could be so appealing?
The star of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” series, Tommy Dorfman, has sold his townhouse in Ocean Hill, a subsection of the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, for $1.495 million. The 25-year-old Atlanta native first purchased the home in the beginning of 2016 for $1.3 million. As the Real Deal learned, the actor’s home at 720 Decatur Street hit the market earlier this month and found a buyer within just 20 days. Recently gut-renovated, the five-bedroom, two-family home features spacious a living and dining area, as well as a private landscaped garden.
For those old house lovers who can’t afford to buy an entire old house, here’s a gorgeous pre-war rental in Bedford-Stuyvesant that’s loaded with details like fireplaces, high ceilings, woodwork, moldings, and a clawfoot tub. Occupying two floors of the townhouse at 464 Marion Street, the home also boasts three bedrooms, an office, media room, and formal dining room. And the best perk: a 20-foot-wide terrace with room for dining and a large grill.
27 Albany Avenue rendering via Loci Architecture
Applications are currently being accepted for 12 affordable apartments at 27 Albany Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Located on the bustling corner of Fulton Street, the building rises 10 stories with 50 residences. Amenities include on-site parking, a virtual doorman, package room, fitness center, communal terraces and a lounge. New Yorkers earning 80 percent of the area median income can apply for five one-bedrooms for $1,230 per month and seven two-bedrooms for $1,486 per month.
“This apartment has basically become my yard,” says Alessandro Pasquale, an Italian designer, artist, and collector of incredible and one-of-a-kind pieces. “I’m an interior designer, so I love details. The little things catch my attention,” he adds.
These statements find considerable weight when you scan Alessandro’s Bed-Stuy home, a 900-square-foot space filled with hundreds of objects he’s arranged so “that any angle of the apartment can be photographed.” But while you may be thinking this guy is either incredibly wealthy or a bit of a shopaholic given his lot, it’s worth noting that Alessandro isn’t raising a paddle at Christie’s procure these rare items. Rather, since moving to NYC he’s become something of a scavenger, plucking obscure items that have been abandoned curbside or trashed in dumpsters, then finding a place for them in his home.
This 1,200 square-foot Bed-Stuy loft at 105 Lexington Avenue has one bedroom with room for two. Asking $1.75 million, its loveliest feature is a cozy balcony that’s accessible from both the living room and the master bedroom. All of this in a loft with extra-tall ceilings, in a former frozen food factory that was converted to apartments in 2008.
Located on one of those charmingly scruffy Bed-Stuy streets that seems to span three centuries with some “Little House on the Prairie” thrown in, this seriously detached house at 659 Madison Street, though it’s only two stories high and 2,244 square feet, sits on a 25-by-100-foot lot. Asking $1.2 million, the three-bedroom home is still a lot bigger than the average condo–and what condo comes with a wrap-around porch? Though the listing says it’s a single-family, it’s actually a two-unit building, so there’s even income potential.