In most cases, the beautifully renovated dream townhouse is not the sort of dwelling you’d find in prime (or any) Williamsburg, but rather in historic brownstone ‘hoods like Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Bed-Stuy or Crown Heights. Housing options in the ‘burg, though pricey, are limited mostly to sleek new condos or nouveau lofts, with a few old-school converted warehouses, low-lying garages and smaller wood-frame houses. And the few row houses that exist have been split up, often rather unattractively, into many apartments.
But this little unicorn at 338 Metropolitan Avenue, on the market for $3 million, puts you in the cool north Brooklyn zip code while getting to live your multi-storied townhouse dreams, complete with patio, skylight, amazing kitchen and creative play space. Since this isn’t a landmarked block, you even get to paint the house a cute color with cool contrasting details. In this case the fire-engine red facade matches the fire/EMT station next door.
Gut renovated in 2016, this two-story, three-bedroom townhouse last sold for $1.3 million in 2012 to country-rock singer/songwriter Serena Jean Southam. And though we don’t know if she’s responsible for the picture-perfect renovation (the previous owner was an architect), we’ll bet she won’t be singing the blues if it sells for more than twice what she paid for it.
On the first floor, an open plan keeps things flowing. A bright and well-designed chef’s kitchen has custom cabinets, soapstone counters, a SubZero fridge, a Wolf oven/microwave/stovetop and a Miele dishwasher. White subway tile, modern industrial lighting and light wood floors complete the on-trend picture. A spacious dining area separates the kitchen from a bright rear living room with a stylish black-painted brick fireplace. Custom glazing at the back of the room brings in light and overlooks (and opens onto) the back patio.
There’s a small guest bedroom on this floor with a half bath. The cheeky “Brooklyn Toile” wallpaper designed by Beastie Boy Mike Diamond is about as close to a Brooklyn townhouse seal of approval as it gets.
The cuteness continues in this diminutive private backyard with a modern vertical cedar fence. That big shaggy tree is pretty interesting, too.
Upstairs, a bright skylit den separates the two larger bedrooms.
A good-sized master bedroom rocks a decorative fireplace and exposed brick–and a guitar that in this case may actually not be just staging. A walk-in California Closet opens to a luxurious bath with marble accents and subway tile, a steam shower and bidet.
The front bedroom has a tin ceiling and another en-suite bath. Up here also are a washer/dryer and a linen closet.
In addition to looking good, the house has all new mechanicals and windows and central a/c. If you need more space, the basement awaits, and there’s enough FAR to double your townhouse dream.
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Images courtesy of Compass
Neighborhoods : Williamsburg