House of the Day: 32 Livingston Street


This new listing at 32 Livingston Street in Brooklyn Heights is not messing around. The five-story brownstone is 25 feet wide and chock full of original architectural details. This combination of scale, historic gravitas and location is unusual, hence the asking price of $6,000,000. Think they’ll get it?
32 Livingston Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark

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  • stuyheightsarch

    I love this place… I think it is one of the best that Brooklyn Heights has to offer…

  • expert_textpert

    A ‘cheap’ kitchen in a $6M house :-/

  • expert_textpert

    I do love the details and arched doors.

  • I love it also.

    I like the kitchen, it isn’t my exact taste, but I could could live with it. I don’t think it looks cheap at all.

    This is one really really pretty house.

    and I too love the arched doorways as well.

  • minard

    One of the nicest houses I have seen on this site in a long time.

  • minard

    One of the nicest houses I have seen on this site in a long time.

  • This is a beautiful, palatial and historic house in one of the premier residential neighborhoods in the country. it is what it is; I’m sure some wealthy person with snap it up at $6m.

  • no-permits

    this will definitely sell for close to ask.

    kitchen may not be cheap, but sure looks it.

  • absolutely gorgeous. that parlor is jaw-dropping. but yes, the kitchen looks cheap.

  • minard

    In houses like this one, the only people who ever see the kitchen are the help and the caterers. People do not hang out at parties with the owners in the kitchen.

  • The black and white, and I presume, period photo is quite an essay on American taste. That corner cupboard is totally wrong for the room, as is the Colonial dining room set. I love the two place settings so far from each other. “Honey, can you send the potatoes down?”

  • dash

    “Our heritage needs to be preserved.”

  • “Honey, can you send the potatoes down?”

    Reply
    I can, but I don’t feel like it, get them yourself!!

  • minard

    All the caterers complain that Brooklyn Heights kitchens are not big enough. They manage.

  • Gorgeous and enormous with the ground floor in-law suite (which will eventually become my I’m too old and feeble to climb stairs suite).

    Damn, $6 million – what in the hell has happened to this city?

  • slopemope

    come on, $6 mil isn’t THAT expensive for nyc. somehow all of a sudden “these kinds of people” don’t like hanging out in a good kitchen? Grey Poupon commercial stereotypes? EVERYBODY likes a great kitchen! I bet even $30 mil + UES houses people like their kitchens. C’mom, man! And they also watch TV, go to the store, and breathe too.

  • “come on, $6 mil isn’t THAT expensive for nyc. somehow all of a sudden “these kinds of people” don’t like hanging out in a good kitchen??”

    Agreed Slopemope. And the kitchen is plenty big for caterers and for entertaining. And it’s not bad, not my taste in cabinets, but not bad. I am surprised that they have tenants at this price point. And I’d like to see more pics of the $6 million garden.

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  • “come on, $6 mil isn’t THAT expensive for nyc. somehow all of a sudden “these kinds of people” don’t like hanging out in a good kitchen??”

    Agreed Slopemope. And the kitchen is plenty big for caterers and for entertaining. And it’s not bad, not my taste in cabinets, but not bad. I am surprised that they have tenants at this price point. And I’d like to see more pics of the $6 million garden.

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  • pierre de taille

    This is a very nice house in an excellent neighborhood. Really like the arches and fireplaces but the kitchen cabinetry completely clashes with everything else….it almost cheapens the fancy range and hood. However we suspect this will sell at or above the asking price….welcome to NYC!

  • The kitchen is fine. At least it’s not “over-kitchened’ like so many homes. How many people even know how to cook nowdays anyway?

  • deancollins

    Its a nice house and the owner has some tastes but no one is dropping $6m to work in a 15′x7.5′ galley kitchen

    The best solution here is to rip out the half bath and reinstate the steps to the garden level, convert the front living room into a full size size kitchen (the current 12×6 space will become a pantry), convert the rear bedroom into a screening room (removing that ridiculous toilet only in the corner).

    ….this isnt going to get asking price in its current unworkable format…if it does then we truly are already in a bubble.

  • callalily

    So fancy and grand and Italianate, not my taste at all. Agree kitchen looks cheap. It may be that rich people don’t need to see the kitchen, but here see it they will, because it’s right on the parlor floor. Looks to me like maybe they just installed the kitchen last week to sell the house? At $6 m ask, do they really need a rental on the ground floor? But if they didn’t have a parlor kitchen, you’d all be screaming about the inconvenience. I’d put the kitchen on the ground floor where it belongs, maybe with dining in the back opening up the garden, and turn the current galley kitchen into a butler’s pantry with dumbwaiter.

  • Not everybody works in their kitchen. Some people work a lot and eat out most of the time. Different lifestyles for different folk. These people are fairly indifferent to what their kitchens look like.

    As someone who does cook in mine, at least half the time, I have this question: Am I the only one who prefers simple looking kitchens? I like this style. I can’t quite figure out if I just like simple, uncluttered with unneecessary detail, kitchens because I just like them (and I am not a minimilast or even modern in taste when it comes to other rooms); or if I like them because I think they go better with the 100+ year old brownstones I like. I suspect it is the latter, that I like these simple kitchens because I think they look best in brownstones. I think this because when I see a kitchen that I might like in another type of house, like some “country” or very modern kitchens, I don’t like them at all in brownstone houses and apartments. It was very hard to find an apartment with a kitchen and bath I liked when buying…I hated all the kitchens that were overdone for the brownstones they were in. I finally found one done in a nice, simple Ikea style. Even from small pictures, I can tell these are not Ikea cupboards. I like it, though it isn’t exactly as I’d have done it, it fits the house. Fancy kitchens were not designed for these houses….simple and efficient were.

    And I like the house, obviously.

    Someone who wants a large kitchen for hanging out in, open to living areas for entertaining is free to do one, but recognize that this will never be found in a fairly well preserved traditional brownstone, as they are a fairly recent style.

  • But I would add those little molding strips under the cabinets to shield the eye from those naked under-cabinet hockey puck lights.