For anyone looking to bet on Bed-Stuy–not a bad idea, we hear–this classic three-family townhouse at 44 Macon Street could be a fine opportunity. While the $1.75 million ask for this 2,720 square-foot, 13-room home might have been unheard-of even five years ago, anything this charming under $2 million in brownstone Brooklyn is going to get some attention these days.
The multi-family layout gives you lots of options–while still getting the 1-3 family tax break. Currently set up as an upper duplex with two floor-through apartments below, there is one catch: There’s a tenant in place in the garden apartment, which won’t be delivered vacant; this should certainly be considered, but that leaves three floors, all tastefully renovated with a laid-back, loft-like aesthetic, to do as you please.
This tree-lined and lovely block lies within a section of western Bed-Stuy that is likely to be designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as the Bedford Corners Historic District within the coming year. Dating from the late 1800s, the house–at 17 x 40 feet it’s a bit on the narrow side on a standard 100-foot lot with substantial air rights above–is one among a row of stately historic homes just around the corner from the famed Arlington Place.
In the spacious upper duplex offering two bedrooms and a den, a recent renovation provides an open, loft-like layout. The bedrooms are on the fourth floor with two full baths.
The open and bright third floor holds the living and dining rooms and a clean, white loft-style kitchen that faces the garden. There are two original decorative fireplaces on this floor as well as 40 feet of exposed brick wall and rustic whitewashed wood floors.
On the parlor floor there is currently a one-bedroom apartment with high ceilings and exposed wood beams. The living room also has a “unique decorative fireplace” and whitewashed wood floors.
The compact-but-cute renovated kitchen has dark-stained wood countertops and modern Scandi-style white cabinets. The quiet bedroom is at the back of the apartment, facing the large garden.
The backyard itself needs some TLC, but it is, in fact, large, with some shady trees and plenty of potential.
The western Bed-Stuy neighborhood near the Clinton Hill border is one that has grown immensely in popularity in the past few years; a block from the A (express!) and C (expletive!) trains at Nostrand Avenue, it’s also ground zero for an explosion of new restaurants, bars, cafes and more, and near now-classic favorites like Speedy Romeo, Bedford Hall, Alice’s Arbor, Black Swan and Do or Dine.
Images courtesy of Corcoran Group.
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