House of the Day: 31 Middagh Street


Given how historically significant the exterior of 31 Middagh Street is, the interior is nothing short of a letdown: There’s no historic detail in the 1820′s house to speak of whatsoever. At least the listing doesn’t try to fudge this fact: “This gem is awaiting the right owner to transform it into a truly special city home.” At least the lack of detail frees up the whoever the new owner will be to start with a blank slate. If it were us, we’d go totally modern here. Asking price: $1,795,000.
31 Middagh Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP P*Shark

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  • $1.8m to live in a drafty clad house…..its nice but pass.

    (btw did the broker see the trim/electrical outlets etc…..what were they thinking pricing it at $1.8m)

  • I was in the sister/twin house, 33 Middagh, when it was on the market in 2003. The detail or lack thereof was extrodinary as the interior was unfinished – centuries old post and beams packed with wattle. Heating system was a wood burning stove. One of my more memorable house tour experiences.

  • this house is 1,300 sq ft.!
    that’s a $1,380 a sq. ft. for a charmless fixer upper.

  • “what were they thinking pricing it at $1.8m)”

    bigger commission

  • LOL at the 5′ wide kitchen.
    a) it never amazes me how much real estate in NYC goes for.
    b) it never amazes me what people that buy million + dollar homes settle for.

  • did houses even have detail in the early 1800′s?

  • did houses even have detail in the early 1800′s?

  • This house was never a mansion. Too bad someone ripped out the plaster walls and whatever simple detail was there originally. But with the right architect, this could be very cute. Seems overpriced for such a pocket size dwelling. It’s only one room deep, a plus in my book since it will get a lot of light.

  • I’m kinda digging that 70′s yellow/orange/brown wallpaper in that one room though. Too bad it’s ripped and peeling. Seriously I would love to have that big shag rug in those colors in the HGTV commercial where they make fun of the 70′s houses.

  • “Was registered in 1847 as a barbershop and store. Most likely built as a stores on bottom and owners quarters above.”

    I wonder if landmarks will let you convert it back to a babershop*. It would be historically accurate.

    * No need to reply. I know what the answer would be.

  • I live in the neighborhood and attended the open house this weekend. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this place. Given the square footage, I thought it would feel a lot smaller than it did. It’s still a small house, but the master bedroom has the whole second floor and could be made into a fabulous master/bath/WIC. I would blow out the first level, expanding to a dine-in kitchen and make a terrace on top of the addition. (It was a gorgeous sunny day, but there wasn’t a drop of sunshine in the back yard.) I’m sure the sq footage doesn’t count the basement, but it could be a great rec room/media room.

    At this price, this isn’t a candidate for a quick flip, but I think it’s a fair price for a single family home in Brooklyn Heights. If that’s what you are looking for, you can’t find a better deal.

  • I live in the neighborhood and attended the open house this weekend. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this place. Given the square footage, I thought it would feel a lot smaller than it did. It’s still a small house, but the master bedroom has the whole second floor and could be made into a fabulous master/bath/WIC. I would blow out the first level, expanding to a dine-in kitchen and make a terrace on top of the addition. (It was a gorgeous sunny day, but there wasn’t a drop of sunshine in the back yard.) I’m sure the sq footage doesn’t count the basement, but it could be a great rec room/media room.

    At this price, this isn’t a candidate for a quick flip, but I think it’s a fair price for a single family home in Brooklyn Heights. If that’s what you are looking for, you can’t find a better deal.

  • Mr. B, totally modern like the Hygge House currently up on Dwell?

  • Mr. B, totally modern like the Hygge House currently up on Dwell?

  • Or, someone could restore it to the simple house it would have been in 1820. Then you won’t have to redo it again in ten years.

  • I hope new readers don’t take seriously the persistent, juvenile, anti-Brooklyn Heights bias on this site.
    This is a great, great house. On a spectacular block. I think it is a great deal.

  • Looks to me like the feeling of the original house is still there in the proportions and even the layout of the rooms, halls, stairs, etc. The windows are in the right places, the ceilings still low, and there is that fireplace. Altogether I’m surprised at how low it’s priced. I agree with Minard!

  • Very charming house if you appreciate it for its era. Not a family-sized townhouse mansion to be sure, but fine for many. Curious if original floorboards under there. Shame the neighbor recently painted their facade but this owner didn’t join in – now the pair is mismatched (no center trimboard separating the two). Though I prefer the older, more muted color on this house’s door and windows. If I’m remembering correctly (and not thinking of #33 next door), this facade needs some work – some trim is rotted and needs replacement. I think the price is right given that it’s not the kind of house or in the condition to go at ask.

  • I have been inside – I dont know what camera/photoshop the broker has used – it looks nothing like that! If it wasnt historic, the house would be knocked down. The 3rd floor is inhabitable, there is no heat and the floors are on a slant. The basement has a cistern in it hidden by closets. There is no character or detail. The house smells like mold. This price needs to come down significantly!
    The basement has a cistern in it hidden by closets. After that woman in SI fell into her cistern – I wouldnt touch this!
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/staten_island/rude_well_come_KXPw4M3aF89wJe7DQSCpEMa