Landmarked Boerum Hill townhouse owned by 90s designer Daryl K asks $6M
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Landmarked Boerum Hill townhouse owned by 90s designer Daryl K asks $6M

March 1, 2024

Photo credit: Stefano Ukmar for Brown Harris Stevens

A stately Brooklyn townhouse owned by fashion designer Daryl Kerrigan is on the market for $6,000,000. Built in the mid-1870s, the red brick home at 324 State Street in Boerum Hill features a facade of original Italianate and Greek Revival elements so striking that the building was designated as a city landmark. The Dublin-born designer, better known as Daryl K, became a fixture of the lower Manhattan fashion scene during the 90s, designing clothes for musicians and artists and costumes for movies like “My Cousin Vinny.”

According to the 1973 designation report by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, 324 State Street boasts a late Italianate style with some later 19th-century additions. Notable architectural elements highlighted in the report include the oriel window projecting above the entrance, the ornate metal roof cornice, and the cast-iron balustered railings. 

The home is also one of 23 houses on the block part of the State Street Houses Historic District, between Hoyt and Smith Streets. The buildings were built for merchants and professionals working in Manhattan and have been used as residences since. 

Currently, the 25-foot-wide home is set up as a three-bedroom triplex above a garden-level rental apartment, which has a private entrance.

While fully renovated, the interiors also maintain stunning original details, including six marble mantels, the staircase, crown molding, the parlor level’s parquet flooring, and the wide plank flooring on the top two levels. 

Up the stoop, through the impressive front doors, and down a long foyer is an oversized living space. Through pocket doors, you’ll find the eat-in modern kitchen, which has a powder room and access to a deck overlooking the rear garden.

There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a decent amount of closet space on the upper levels. On the second floor, the projecting bay window facing the street provides the ideal work-from-home nook. The primary bedroom takes up the entire top level with an en-suite bath featuring a claw-foot tub and shower.

The garden-level apartment has two bedrooms with an open-plan living and dining area. There’s also a dishwasher and direct access to the patio and landscaped garden via French doors.

Modern upgrades to the historic home include new plumbing, electrical, a redundant heating system, central air conditioning, and double-paned, double-hung windows.

The home was listed last year for $6.5 million and later as a rental for $18,500 per month, according to the New York Post.

Daryl K moved to New York City from Ireland in the 1980s and later opened a store in the East Village in 1991 with no experience in the industry, according to the designer’s website. She was able to build her brand through “word-of-mouth and standout pieces, designing clothing for musicians, performers, artists, and beloved drag queens.” Her Hip Hugger Bootleg Jean and rock and roll-inspired looks earned Daryl “cult status” in fashion circles of that time and she continues to collaborate with major brands today.

[Listing details: 324 State Street at CityRealty]

[At Brown Harris Stevens by Emilia Sultan and Terry Naini]


Photo credit: Stefano Ukmar for Brown Harris Stevens

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