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.
Enter the upper triplex on the parlor floor through hand-etched glass doors. In the living room, you’ll find high ceilings, a grand pier mirror, original wood details, north-facing windows and plenty of understated elegance.
Separated from the living room by wood fretwork, the formal dining room features a decorative marble fireplace. Oversized windows look out over the deck to the garden below.
The sunny separate kitchen has been updated with Italian Boffi cabinets, Subzero and Miele appliances and a Gaggenau cooktop and oven.
The deck off the kitchen is perfect for dining. Below, a magical verdant garden sits on an extra deep lot of 131 square feet–a perk often found only in the Prospect Heights and Crown Heights neighborhoods.
Upstairs, the elegant master bedroom boasts a wood-burning marble-wrapped fireplace, and a renovated ensuite bath with a soaking tub and shower.
This charming bedroom includes an equally charming sitting room. Also here is a chic home office; either could become an additional bedroom.
On the third floor you’ll find two good-sized bedrooms and a renovated bath with an original clawfoot tub, tiled floors and a new skylight. Two other small rooms would be perfect for an office, walk-in closet or nursery. Off of the back study you’ll find another private deck complete with irrigation.
The apartment at the garden level is beautifully designed, presently set up as a large one-bedroom unit, where you’ll find a spacious living/dining area, a renovated bathroom, a thoughtfully renovated eat-in kitchen and a bedroom with a marble fireplace. A washer/dryer and ample closet space complete the picture. The home’s partially-finished full basement contains even more storage space, a sink and vented washer/dryer for the owner’s use.
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Photo credit: Elizabeth Dooley courtesy of Compass.
Neighborhoods : Prospect Heights