House of the Day: 56 Middagh Street

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This clapboard house at 56 Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights hit the market shortly before Christmas with an asking price of $3,600,000. It’s a charmer to be sure (love those wide floorboards!) but for that price the kitchen is a bit of a letdown. But the again consider that there’s an income-generating apartment on the ground floor and that the 3,200-square-foot house (recently listed in the Marketplace) comes with a 400-square-foot side lot with room to park three cars. That’s gold in The Heights!
56 Middagh Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark

31 Comment

  • daveinbedstuy

    Let’s hope there’s still nice original floors under that ghastly carpeting.

  • BoerumHill

    This has been in the same family for several generations. W2W aside, its in great shape.

    Three parking spots is drool worthy. This is a real beauty IMO.

  • 3.6M?????????????? for that???
    Someone get me a breathing tube.

  • > a 400-square-foot side lot with room to park three cars.

    Think how many BIKES you could park there.

  • daveinbedstuy

    I thinthe rails, newels & bannister on the front steps should be white to match the trim.

  • Charming house. But stoop/stairs in front is odd–should be white!!

  • daveinbedstuy

    jinx, tina. you owe me a drink.

  • Very sweet house, but is it me or do the ceiling heights make the whole thing feel a little squat?

  • This is a very old house. I hope whoever buys it appreciates that fact and realize that they will be stewards of a piece of American history. I hope they don’t buy it because they missed out on the brownstone or loft they really wanted.
    This is a beauty.

  • BoerumHill

    And the choir said amen, ML.

  • Nomi

    “Ahhhh, men…”

    Heehee.

    How come in the exterior picture you can see none of the right side of the building? I thought the floor plan would show some strange angled wall on that side, but it’s square.

  • Pretty easy to repaint the stoop white, isn’t it?

    Curbed ran a feature mentioning this house as an example of how blue houses are all the rage in Brooklyn Heights.

    brklynmom, the ceiling heights are ideal for 19th century time travellers who are shorter than us modern giants.

    The empty lot (2500 sf) around the corner on Cranberry Street sold a few months ago for $1.5 million. The parking area here is a 625 sf lot (the 400 sf quoted above is just the gated area), so in theory it contributes $375K to the asking price. The Cranberry lot is actually in a lower FAR district although here the small lot dimensions are more of a limiting factor than FAR. Interestingly I think that works out to about $350/month/space for the parking, which is pretty good in the Heights. Especially if it’s next door to your house.

  • LOL, 3.6M for a piece of ‘American History’. Did I miss something? Did something historic happen in this home?

    Is no one else shocked with this price?
    Are the windows on the top floor big enough to deem that floor ‘habitable’?

  • daveinbedstuy

    ET< I think there should be a premium for a significantly older, historic home in a major US city. No, it won’r appeal to everyone, but this is not your run-of-the-mill brownstone. And yes, the side lot adds but is hard to value.

    Rent out the garden level and two of the spaces and I’m sure you’re talking about close to $4,000 in monthly income.

  • “LOL, 3.6M for a piece of ‘American History’. Did I miss something? Did something historic happen in this home?”

    Yes it survived. Probably one of the oldest private houses in the city.

  • As the owner of a frame home in a landmark district, it warms the cockles of my heart to see these beauties go for such high prices. While we didn’t buy our home as an investment, it has become our de facto emergency retirement plan. With no mortgage, we have the option to sell it and use the money for more appropriate housing, or downsize, move into our beautiful garden apartment, and rent out the triplex.

    I have to thank my parents for pushing me into home ownership. The down payment was the best graduation gift ever!

  • I love old architecture. Don’t get me wrong. But I think it’s absurd that this house is 3.6 million. If this same house was in Staten Island.
    a) no one would give a shit about it
    b) it wouldn’t be worth 3.6M

    I think you can build a house out of crap, plunk it down in brooklyn heights and it’ll sell for millions.

  • BoerumHill

    Sentences that start out

    “If this same house was in…”

    kind of miss the whole point of location, location, location.

    If this house were in my hometown it’d be $75K. If it was in the West Village it’d be $8M. Who cares?

  • BH, that’s my point. It’s not the house that’s worth 3.6.

    So, don’t tell me that there should be a premium for old architecture in NYC blah blah blah (looking at you DIBS) and this is american history bullshit (Minard). It’s the location that makes this house worth that.
    Put this house anywhere else, and a bulldozer will kiss it quickly.

  • woah, so location has something to do with real estate prices! **takes copious notes**

  • If this house were in Staten Island it would be individually landmarked as are several similar frame houses in that boro.

  • daveinbedstuy

    It IS the house, ET. It’s unique and some people will pay more for that.

    First you’re saying it’s not worth anything near that and now you’re saying the location is???

    An real antique in Bucks County will go for far more than something recently built of the exact same size in the same location.

    Some people pay for real character and history and authenticity in an historic house.

  • Nomi

    Now I’m curious about the forth floor. Is it really the attic? I mean, if so, it’s obviously a finished attic, but are the ceilings even lower up there?

  • If I had won that lottery last night, I’d be looking at this piece of prettiness right now.

    What are the top floor bedrooms like? Sloped ceilings? Dark? Anyone have any idea?

  • Nomi

    Yes, duh, they must be. How low, though? Could a 6′ person stand up up there?

  • daveinbedstuy

    I think the house has a gable roof. It has a gutter on the front. So yes, the top floor is certainly decent sized ceiling height but not at the front & rear ends of it.

  • Nomi

    “I think the house has a gable roof. It has a gutter on the front. So yes, the top floor is certainly decent sized ceiling height but not at the front & rear ends of it.” (Dave)

    Ah, right, must be.

  • It’s common with these landmarked homes with a gable roof to raise the back roof up to full height. Landmarks won’t let you change the front, but if the back can’t be seen from the street, you can often get permission. While my home maintains the original roof line, my neighbor has the full height rear half of the house.

    I love the top floor of my home. It feels like a loft apartment in Paris – bright, with two skylights and views of the neighborhood and the park. We have a guest bedroom, an office, a full bath, a second kitchen with a small table (no stove) and a living room space. It could work as a mother-in-law apartment.

  • By the way, for those of you scoffing at the price: this is the cheapest house on the market right now in Brooklyn Heights – by $700,000. And after that, all of the houses available start in the $5 million range and above.

    The only other house for sale in Brooklyn Heights with parking right now is asking $18 million.