Remember that season on Girls where Lena Dunham‘s character falls for a handsome doctor with a gorgeous, pristine renovated brownstone? The townhouse that hosted those episodes is, in fact, the same 5,600-square-foot landmarked home that just hit the market for $5.6 million. Located at 52 Oxford Street in leafy, historic Fort Greene, it’s currently owned by actor, screenwriter, and sometimes interior designer, Billy Morrissette, and according to the listing, also did star turns on Elementary, SNL and Difficult People. But the five-story 19th-century beauty with thoughtfully chosen and luxurious finishes, a sprawling deck, a deep landscaped yard and an industrial-chic glass-walled sun room has plenty of star power even when the cameras aren’t rolling.
The home’s five floors are currently configured as a three-unit rental containing a grand total of seven bedrooms, five bathrooms and a wine cellar-ready basement, but the options are many, of course. Built in the 1860s, the home’s restored details include 13-foot-tall ceilings on the parlor floor and original stairs and woodwork. With five spacious living areas, seven bedrooms and modern comforts that include central a/c, the home was a hit on the neighborhood’s annual self-guided walking tour for both its restored historic beauty and its Hollywood cachet.
Through a dramatic yet clean-lined and neutral-hued front parlor is an open chef’s kitchen with a Paperstone island, Miele refrigerator and Wolf stove with a built-in grill. Off the adjacent dining area, three massive farmhouse doors open onto a deck that looks big enough for at least the entire cast of Girls.
A separate garden level apartment gets the same historic-yet-modern treatment, with a spacious living and dining area and a chic and compact kitchen. At the rear, a large bedroom enjoys steel-framed glass panels that frame the home’s leafy back yard.
Perhaps the most amazing room in this many-chambered mansion is the rustic, sun-dappled solarium just off the garden bedroom.
Upstairs in the home’s triplex unit that begins with that grand parlor floor, a gracious master bedroom with an ensuite bath joins several other large bedrooms, living rooms and sitting rooms. All have benefited from a keen design eye and interiors that complement the home’s historic bones with modern and timeless details. On the home’s top floor, a third unit offers two more bedrooms and an open living/dining/kitchen space.
Fort Greene has long been top choice for real-life Brooklyn living as well as fantasy-life filming, abundant with cafes, gourmet restaurants, shops, parks and farm markets. Brooklyn Academy of Music anchors the neighborhood and the home is within two blocks of the subway.
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Images courtesy of Douglas Elliman.
Neighborhoods : Fort Greene