Photos by Elizabeth Dooley, courtesy of Compass
Renovated brownstones may be lovely, but once you’ve seen a few, they tend to blend together in a blur of pale walls and chandeliers. This Prospect Heights gem at 130 St. Marks Avenue is a very intact two-family home complete with restored wood trim and paneling that resembles neither a museum nor the usual house-tour staple. Color sets each room apart, and, as the listing points out, updates were done with an artist’s eye to highlight old details while adding modern design. As configured, the home, asking $4.575 million, has a five-bedroom owner’s triplex and a one-bedroom rental apartment on the garden floor. There’s plenty of charm left over for private outdoor spaces as well, including the little-known neighborhood bonus of an extra-long back yard.