“Every surface, space and system has been carefully considered, restored and renovated with an artist’s eye and artisan’s craftsmanship,” says the listing for this restored brick townhouse in Bed Stuy. Located at 109 Clifton Place, the wonderfully bespoke home has sold for $2,050,000, according to city records released today. The artistic quality of the home makes sense, as the previous owners were Darren Foote, an artist specializing in mixed media and woodworking, and Kristen Dodge, founder of the Lower East Side’s DODGE Gallery. The couple cleverly redesigned their home, mixing classic historic details, artsy personal touches, and rustic features that would fit right in at Brooklyn’s newest artisanal restaurant.
The masterful craftsmanship starts as soon as you enter the home, with shiplap paneling, white oak floors, and “black iron” painted stairs. To the left, is the living room, complete with a restored slate fireplace, huge street-facing wooden window inlaid on the exposed brick wall, and fun mid century-modern furniture.
Through the open dining room is the kitchen, perhaps the most “Brooklyn-y” of all the rooms. A countertop cook’s fireplace is truly one-of-a-kind, and the space also boasts reclaimed steel windows, exposed beams, custom cabinetry, a butcher block countertop, industrial open shelving, and more exposed brick. In the corner is a large transom that lets light into the half bath hidden in the entryway.
The stairs lead to an open second-floor landing with more exposed beams and a steel ladder pointing the eye up to the skylight. The two back rooms are separated by pocket doors, allowing for flexible use of the space.
The front bedroom, well suited for the master, has three large casement windows that face the front yard’s London Plane tree. It has a built-in bookshelf and a dressing area. The hall bathroom continues the use of mixed materials, combining subway tiles, brick, brass, porcelain, teak, and marble.
The backyard is surrounded by cedar fencing and features bluestone tiles that perfectly show off the dwarf maple tree, succulents, and custom ironwork. Off the terrace on the second floor is a terrace for grilling.
The previous owners bought the home in December 2012 for a mere $920,000, making their sales profit more than $1 million. The buyers are Sabine Hrechdakian, a Lebanese-born literary agent and writer who has created farm-based food events in the city like Ciderweek NY, and her husband Damon Smith.
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Photos via Corcoran
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