House of the Day: 491 Henry Street


Here’s an extraordinary property, a freestanding Greek Revival mansion on a double lot with parking for four cars in Cobble Hill. It was House of the Day in 2010, when it was asking $7 million. It didn’t sell, and now it’s back on the market for the same price. It was also Building of the Day in January. The exterior was restored by architectural firm Baxt Ingui; click through to Building of the Day to see the shocking “before” photo. On the inside, you will find a well-maintained owner’s triplex with art studio space and two rentals with a separate entrance. The rooms appear well-proportioned and light-filled, as you would expect in a 35-foot-by-50-foot freestanding house. Do you think this time they will get their ask?
House of the Day: 491 Henry Street [Brownstoner]
Building of the Day: 491 Henry Street [Brownstoner]
491 Henry Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark

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  • If I had that money, I would pay it in a second. I’m sure the $6m Warren St. sale gave them the confidence to put this out there again.

  • I watched the restoration on this house while it was underway several years ago, and it was something to see. Although the transformation is impressive and totally gorgeous, the house is not on a great-looking block. The house is diagonally across from a rather shabby-looking Met Food, the BQE trench is a short block away, and that area is pretty desolate at night– not a lot of life after dark. It’s also a very long walk to the F train, but I suppose if you can spend $7m on a house , you’re probably not going to commute by subway. Someone may buy it regardless.

    • Actually, considering the lack of supermarkets around here, it is an advantage to live near the Met–although the truck deliveries could be annoying. The walk to the train takes 10 minutes MAX. And although mostly residential, it is only a few blocks from Court. Plus, you can overindulge in ice cream down the block at Farmacy. Still, I AM flabbergasted by the asking price. But that happens regularly these days. The reno job was great–really transformed in a good way.

  • I love that on Google maps street view there is a station wagon blocking the entrance to the four car lot, with several “Active Driveway – No Parking” signs prominently displayed.

    ***burn***

  • I have no idea why the decision was made to make this a two-family house in the renovation. No one looking to drop $7M on a home wants to deal with a tenant, and the cost and time of reworking much of the first and second floors to combine the units makes this a worse deal than, say, a mint condition $8M home in Brooklyn Heights.

  • Check that, misread the floorplan. It’s a *three* family house.

  • This is a beautiful property in every way. It’s in a great, quiet location, it has parking for the SUV, the convertible, the vintage Bentley, and a guest. Plus it has an apartment or two for staff and for slacker offspring,
    Perfect.

  • I’ve always loved the “if you spend that much you don’t send the kids to public school or use the subway” line of thinking.

    I bet you don’t even put clothes on when you’re that rich. You just stand there while your maidens and manservants scurry about.

  • I’ve always loved the “if you spend that much you don’t send the kids to public school or use the subway” line of thinking.

    I bet you don’t even put clothes on when you’re that rich. You just stand there while your maidens and manservants scurry about.

  • say good bye to the tenants. $7M buyer aint interested in your rental income.

    sweet ass house. nice and wide, multiple exposures.
    BH, I doubt $7M buyers kids go to public school here. could go but slim odds.

  • say good bye to the tenants. $7M buyer aint interested in your rental income.

    sweet ass house. nice and wide, multiple exposures.
    BH, I doubt $7M buyers kids go to public school here. could go but slim odds.

  • The rental units would be great for a family member — parents or in-laws — or for guests or just reconfigure the interior to make it a one family.

  • Hooky is right, after the shockingly huge sale on Warren street last week, they probably have renewed hope for $7m. That just seems like a lot of money for Carroll Gardens/South Cobble Hill.

    It is, however, a beautiful and very large house with parking.

  • Every other corner at that intersection is occupied by retail properties-Met Food, corner deli and a dry cleaner. I wouldn’t want to look out my windows to see that, no matter where I lived (if I were buying). How are they coming up with the $7m price tag? The house is beautiful from the outside, but completely average and quite plain on the inside. Just because the house is big doesn’t mean it’s worth double the price of the most expensive house sold in the neighborhood.

  • The very rich have a way of insulating themselves from the hoi polloi, even if they appear all around them, on every other corner.