There’s so much to love about this 4,100-square-foot, four-story limestone townhouse at 271 Stuyvesant Avenue we hardly know where to start. For lovers of historic homes, this 1890s townhouse has a bounty of intact original details on every floor, from fireplaces to inlaid parquet floors to moldings and wainscoting. It’s in a great corner spot in the prized Stuyvesant Heights historic district, the Bed-Stuy neighborhood known for its rows of architecturally notable brownstones and limestones. There’s outdoor space and a deck; use the garden-level apartment for extra income (or live in the lower unit, with the yard and finished cellar).
But perhaps the most rare blessing of this property is that proceeds from the sale of the $2.795 million home will “enable the launch of a non-profit creative residency for marginalized youth,” founded by the current owner, renowned photojournalist and Guggenheim Fellow Brenda Kenneally.
Situated on a 20-foot-by-95-foot lot, this classic representation of the Brooklyn brownstone is configured as a triplex over a garden rental with a fully finished cellar. Just a few examples of its many well-preserved interior details include barrel-front bay windows with pocket shutters, stained glass windows, 10 fireplaces (two are functional), six sliding pocket doors, paneled wainscoting with fine carved moldings, built-in cabinets, inlaid parquet wood floors, ornate wall and ceiling plaster work–even the original icebox.
Just inside the parlor floor entry you’ll find a lovely combination of living area and stair hall overlooking a gallery with a wood-burning fireplace. As a corner building, you’re getting three exposures of all-day sunlight.
In the upper triplex, the main living room, dining room and kitchen are on the top floor. It’s a gorgeous light-filled space, and the front parlor is framed by the building’s dramatic architecture. The rear kitchen may not be brand-new, but it’s well-appointed with a farmhouse sink and plenty of workspace including a hefty wood-topped center island. The photographer-homeowner’s own work can be seen throughout.
The upper triplex bedrooms have plenty of closet space and further showcase the home’s amazing wealth of historic detail.
The garden-level unit is a magical space in its own right.
A charming dining area and kitchen open onto a terrace leading to the home’s fiesta-ready patio (with an outdoor fireplace) and back yard. A large, clean, finished basement makes a great music studio, man-cave or play area.
The unit’s spacious bedroom is an impressively dramatic space, surrounded by windows, with a fireplace, wainscoting, amazing inlaid floors and plenty of nooks for curling up with a book (or creative decorating ideas).
This unique townhouse is further distinguished by its owner, photojournalist Brenda Kenneally, “a Guggenheim Fellow whose thought provoking work has received numerous awards including The W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, a Soros Criminal Justice Fellowship and The Mother Jones Award.” The proceeds of this sale (as well as a portion of the sales commission) will be used to enable the launch of a non-profit creative residency for marginalized youth, founded by Ms. Kenneally.
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Images courtesy of Compass.
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