Historic Townhouse With a Glassy Add-On Asks $3.5 Million in Brooklyn Heights

Posted On Wed, October 14, 2015 By

Posted On Wed, October 14, 2015 By In Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Interiors

This mid-19th century Greek Revival townhouse at 29 Joralemon Street is located on a cobblestone block of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District. And the listing says that the sellers have lived in the garden and parlor floor duplex since 1969, when Brooklyn wasn’t such a hot commodity. These days, things are different, and the property is asking $3.5 million. The house has got lovely historic elements still intact, a new glassy addition, and a deep landscaped garden. (Not to mention a tenant upstairs who’s getting the deal of the year on their apartment.)

29 Joralemon Street, dining room

Throughout the owner’s duplex there are wide-plank floors, dark wood ceiling beams, marble mantels and exposed brick. There’s also a wood-burning fireplace in the living room. As for the layout, it’s an interesting setup. The owner’s living room and eat-in kitchen is located on the garden floor, with two bedrooms above on the parlor floor. The third and fourth floors are both rented out as one-bedroom apartments. One of those renters has a deal to make you weep: according to the listing, the top-floor rent-controlled apartment has a lease until November 2016 for $1,027 a month, a total steal for this neighborhood.

29 Joralemon Street, glass solarium

This is the kitchen on the garden floor, which looks like it was added on by the current owners. What the listing calls a “glass conservatory” is more like a wall of big windows and large glass sliding doors. Still, it brings an incredible amount of light to a floor that usually doesn’t get much. We also like the tin ceiling details.

29 Joralemon Street, backyard, garden

The glassy back wall leads out to the deep garden space. There’s some landscaping for tables, greenery on all sides, and what looks like a rock garden in the middle. When it comes to outdoor green space, this home is mere steps away from Brooklyn Bridge Park–a nice perk indeed. Do you think it all accounts for $3.5 million? Or are you just dreaming about living in the upstairs apartment for $1,027 a month?

[Listing: 29 Joralemon Street by Joan Goldberg for Brown Harris Stevens]


Photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

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Neighborhoods : Brooklyn Heights

  • Joan Goldberg

    It’s a glass conservatory. The yellow painted beam creates the illusion that the room ends at that point, but it is a full, curved glass enclosure.



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