Built in 1824, 24 Middagh Street is a charming, wood-frame, Federal house in Brooklyn Heights that has the distinction of being the oldest home in the neighborhood. And it’s just gotten a price chop to $6,650,000 (it first listed this past September for the first time in nearly 60 years, asking $7 million). The listing says most of the original interior details–like wood floors, fireplaces, and moldings–are intact, and the five-bedroom residence even comes with a landscaped backyard and separate, two-bedroom carriage house.
According to architectural historian Charles Lockwood in his classic book “Bricks and Brownstones,” 24 Middagh Street, formerly known as the Eugene Boisselet house, is “notable for its front doorway with its ‘delicately leaded toplight and sidelights and elegantly carved ornaments’ as well as its rear carriage house and charming garden.” He also makes note of its two dormer windows and two lunette windows on the side. Though other homes on the street date back to the 1820s, too, number 24 is the only one that remains unaltered from its original state, says the AIA, who also refer to the home as “the queen of Brooklyn Heights houses.” Plus, it’s one of the best surviving examples of a wood-framed house in NYC; they were prohibited in Brooklyn Heights in 1852.
Here you can see the carriage house, currently configured as a two-bedroom guest house. The current owners, Celeste Weisman and her brother Jared (their parents bought the home in 1958, and they grew up there) have been renting this property out. They told the Times in September that they’ve decided to sell since their mother passed away last year, and they both live in San Francisco.
Inside the main house are five fireplaces with wooden mantels, wide-plank floorboards, and ornate moldings. The listing broker does note that it’ll need upgraded electric and central air conditioning.
[Listing: 24 Middagh Street by Kevin Carberry]
Neighborhoods : Brooklyn Heights