You might call Kensington an “under-the-radar” neighborhood of Brooklyn–it doesn’t get a lot of press coverage, it isn’t known for any of Brooklyn’s famous brownstone architecture, and it only covers 107 square blocks a little further south in the borough. But it’s still a lovely, family-friendly area with great townhouses and proximity to both Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery.
This three-story townhouse at 277 East 9th Street has been totally and completely renovated by a “boutique developer” who, according to the listing, “spared no expense.” The ask of $1.575 million obviously isn’t cheap, but you’re definitely getting more bang for your buck in a borough where townhouses that need major upgrading still go for up to $2 million. Here, at least, there are no renovations needed.
Here’s a list of the upgrades recently bestowed upon this home: new plumbing and electrical systems, two new high-efficiency furnaces with chillers for central heat and cooling, a new roof, skylights, doors and windows, and a facade upgraded in the style of the original clapboard. Whew… that’s a lot!
The main floor houses the living, dining and kitchen spaces, which are lit by a big patio door to the backyard and south-facing windows on the side of the house. The original pine wood floors have been restored.
The kitchen, as you might guess, also got upgraded, with a long breakfast bar and lots of built-in shelving. We love how wide and open this kitchen and dining area is, with tons of light coming in from the patio doors leading out onto a new ipe and cedar deck.
There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the top floor. (At least two of the bedrooms look quite small, a better fit for children.) The master comes with a double sink and marble shower. The other bathroom has a deep soaking tub.
The basement has been built out, too. It’s currently used as a rec room with space for a bed. Although you’re not getting a ton of light, there are five small windows throughout.
One of the coolest facets of this townhouse? There’s an awesome garage/studio space in the backyard, which is heated so you can use it throughout the year. (The listing offers some suggestions: an office, arts studio, reading or writing room.) It’s outfitted with full-length glass doors that open completely onto the wood-paved patio. Is anybody else thinking of what great parties you could throw back here? This property also comes with a huge perk for drivers: There’s a private driveway that ensures you don’t ever have to look for parking in the neighborhood.
Photos courtesy of Corcoran
Neighborhoods : Kensington