If you’re looking for a home that feels like a townhouse, co-op and loft all rolled into one, this Brooklyn Heights property may be your best bet. It’s located at 25 Joralemon Street, a waterworks building constructed in 1902. It has since been converted into six co-ops, each laid out like duplex “townhouse” units. All six townhouses have their own separate entrance and a unique floorplan, with this one boasting a totally lofty aesthetic.
Tucked into one of the city’s more picturesque enclaves on Orange Street in Brooklyn Heights, this four-story, nearly-3,000-square-foot townhouse offers modern comforts with a nod to its historic surroundings. At an ask that doesn’t raise eyebrows in a neighborhood whose graceful townhouses range from pricey to record-setting–sometimes regardless of interior state–this brick-clad row house, while not loaded with grand details, gets warmth from wood beams, exposed brick, a wood-burning fireplace and restored window moldings while providing turnkey touches like central air and an updated chef’s kitchen. Another plus is a private garage, not exactly common in brownstone Brooklyn.
The loft-like apartments at 360 Furman Street–known as One Brooklyn Bridge Park–have made headlines in the past; the building was among the first wave of luxury conversions of its kind in the borough; it’s surrounded by one of the city’s favorite waterfront parks; it contains what was for a time the most expensive apartment listing in Brooklyn, and the list goes on.
The building’s most alluring features are the stunning Manhattan and East River views from some of the apartments (others have less-stunning views of the BQE), luxury finishes, and convenience to the best of Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan. Interiors tend to be sleek and contemporary; it’s not the first place you’d expect to find a wall crafted from shipping containers. This spacious and versatile three-bedroom apartment, on the market for $2.5 million, feels more like a laid-back loft with high-end details than a sleek new condo, with creative custom additions and steel-framed walls of glass overlooking a verdant garden-filled 600-square-foot terrace.
Charming, cute, quirky, lovely: these are all words commonly used to describe well-designed Brooklyn apartments. And we’re going to use those words to talk about this one too, at 173 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. 173 Hicks is a five-story brick townhouse built in 1827, and this duplex co-op apartment occupies the garden and the first floors. (There’s also a super-special, super-huge backyard included, which we’ll get to in a bit.) The current owner has decorated well, and the apartment has more of a modern, fun vibe than a historic, stuffy one.
If you’ve got a big family and you want to live within city limits, it’s said that you’d better be able to afford it; this Brooklyn Heights house helps make the case. This whopping 5,000-square-feet of townhouse goodness at 281 Henry Street is missing very little as far as house-in-the-city perfection. There’s a stylishly appointed room ready for everyone and their guests—and an opportunity for rental income with a freshly renovated garden apartment to help offset costs. It almost makes the $7.2 million price tag seem like a deal.
The current owner has decorated the five-story, six-bedroom brownstone to the nines with a cake-frosting-pastel palette and contemporary design elements, while retaining the home’s lovely historic details; the basic infrastructure is as modern as can be with central a/c, alarm and intercom systems and every appliance, fixture and finish freshly and stylishly updated. Besides the fact that the home is actually a bit narrow at 15.5 feet (though over 54 feet deep) there’s only one thing we can think of that would improve this impressive townhome: An elevator.
Is this three-bedroom rental, at 311 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, cute enough for you? It’s located in a brick prewar building just north of Atlantic Avenue, so the apartment interior has plenty of prewar details as well. The rent of $4,400 a month is not all that bad given the amount of rooms and the prime Brooklyn Heights location. Seems like this apartment would serve well as a sophisticated, grownup roommate share.
In Brooklyn Heights, high-ticket real estate is usually a historic brownstone or townhouse. And while this co-op does reside on 105 Montague Street, in a circa-1885 Queen Anne building that was once a hotel, the interior is a lot more modern than you may expect. This top-floor penthouse unit takes advantage of the building’s striking roof line. You’ve got skylights, soaring cathedral ceilings, and thoroughly modern finishes. It’s all asking $1.75 million.
If your apartment’s got views of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York Harbor and the Lower Manhattan skyline, you may as well enjoy it through massive, beautiful windows. This two-bedroom co-op at 188 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn Heights has both the views and the windows. It’s a lovely 1,600-square-foot apartment that takes up a floor of a historic 1800s brownstone. This area of the neighborhood, sometimes referred to as Columbia Heights, is distinguished by a row of prominent mansions and townhouses that sit atop the BQE and look out onto Lower Manhattan. The prestige of the location does not come cheap—this unit is asking $2.7 million.
As soon as we saw the country charm inside this city dwelling we couldn’t help be reminded of the classic TV series Green Acres. Even if you’re too young to remember the clash of wills between attorney-turned-farmer Oliver Wendell Douglas (played by Eddie Albert) and his metropolis-loving and glamorous wife Lisa (played by Eva Gabor), it doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the exquisite juxtaposition of rustic beauty and urban convenience found in this historic wood frame home at 80 Poplar Street in Brooklyn Heights.
Daily Link Fix: What It’s Like to Tweet as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree; A Writer’s Farewell to Brooklyn Heights, Wed, November 19, 2014
- Did you know the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has its own Twitter? Comedian Matt Haze talks about being the voice behind the account. [WSJ]
- Pop Candy author Whitney Matheson is moving out of her Brooklyn Heights apartment. But before she goes, she’s saying goodbye with a list of 33 things she’ll miss about the ‘hood. [BK Heights Blog]
- A new documentary seeks to capture the spirit and struggle of ’90s-era Lower East Side squatters. [Animal]
- Why do proposals for offshore parks like Pier 55 keep popping up all over the world? [CityLab]
- This colorful end table is covered with crocheted plastic bags. [Design Milk]
Images: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (L); Brooklyn Heights (R)