House of the Day: 75 Maple Street


We’re surprised to see that this house at 75 Maple Street in the landmarked Lefferts Manor historic district dates from 1910. (At least, that’s what the listing says.) Parts of the exterior and interior appear so altered, at least in the photos, it’s hard to if the house is old or new. While we’re wondering if it hasn’t been a bit over-renovated, there’s no doubt it’s a huge and completely detached single family in what appears to be excellent condition. If it goes for the ask of $1,700,000, it will set a record for sales in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, according to the reader who sent us the listing. What’s your opinion?
75 Maple Street [Custom Brokers] GMAP P*Shark

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  • I believe I met Marvin at this house, as it was on the house tour two years ago – the rumors of a long, covered up swimming pool in the living room were debunked by the owner.

    He did say that it was inhabited by a non-paying tenant for years, then vacant for a while (amazingly surviving any serious vandalism) before it was bought up, along with a few houses in the area, for a pittance, by a group of eagle eyed investors in the 90′s, before the current owner and his wife bought and did their renovations.

    Considering, you get a unique house, detached, driveway, extra-sized lot, in turnkey condition, amazing kitchen – fireplaces, lovely block, close to the Park. THIS WILL PROBABLY GO OVER ASK.

  • Not to nitpick, but I recall the kitchen as being quite stark and not in keeping with the style of the house.

  • Not to nitpick, but I recall the kitchen as being quite stark and not in keeping with the style of the house.

    • @plg – like you, many people at the house tour thought that the kitchen was “cold” – I thought it was fine. It is definitely restaurant grade.

      @Cate – the house was/is renovated but has a lot of details. It’s a “house”, not a brownstone – the reason for the cleaner finishes ?

    • plgenius, I agree about the kitchen, and it seems that so many people value the latest and greatest in that part of a house that many, many homes suffer the same fate. A shame, really, as ther’re so many alternative paths to creating a fully functional kitchen while preserving the overall style of the house as a whole.

  • it’s definitely a 1910 house that has been worked over. Interesting side entry off a porte-cochere. That reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Buffalo and Chicago. An intriguing house.

  • I so agree that this house likely to go over ask. As Crown notes, this house has come a long, long way from where it was since the the current owners first acquired it. Having seen it in various stages — from very early reno to mid-near completion on the house tour a couple of years back, it does not appear to be over-renovated. Instead, and especially given the prior history of abuse and damage it has suffered — including a fire– I can attest to the amount of care and respect for original detail that the sellers maintained in the reno while also bringing the infrastructure up to contemporary standards. Bottom line is that you can’t really appreciate this house by these photos; You need to see it IRL. BTW, if you think I’m raving about this house, you’re right. It’s one of my absolute faves in all of PLG and if we had the bucks, we’d jump on it in a heartbeat. That said, the only thing I really don’t much care for is the kitchen. IMO, the clearly modernist/Poggenpohl approach is an almost radical departure from the home’s original character.

  • I so agree that this house likely to go over ask. As Crown notes, this house has come a long, long way from where it was since the the current owners first acquired it. Having seen it in various stages — from very early reno to mid-near completion on the house tour a couple of years back, it does not appear to be over-renovated. Instead, and especially given the prior history of abuse and damage it has suffered — including a fire– I can attest to the amount of care and respect for original detail that the sellers maintained in the reno while also bringing the infrastructure up to contemporary standards. Bottom line is that you can’t really appreciate this house by these photos; You need to see it IRL. BTW, if you think I’m raving about this house, you’re right. It’s one of my absolute faves in all of PLG and if we had the bucks, we’d jump on it in a heartbeat. That said, the only thing I really don’t much care for is the kitchen. IMO, the clearly modernist/Poggenpohl approach is an almost radical departure from the home’s original character.

  • Looks amazing, and given the size and condition it should hit ask. I’ve never seen one of these grand Maple 1 brick houses for sale. The house right next door is a mansion on a 12000 sf lot (which I believe Christine Todd Whitman was raised in.)

  • Looks amazing, and given the size and condition it should hit ask. I’ve never seen one of these grand Maple 1 brick houses for sale. The house right next door is a mansion on a 12000 sf lot (which I believe Christine Todd Whitman was raised in.)

  • To die for. What a great family house. Excepting the kitchen, which is a real shame style wise + (from floor plan) seems awkwardly arranged, re. placement of appliances. I’d have to see in person, but think that double island is strange and clumsy to work in (why raised island counter on the island closer to window?). Looks like it could have a great layout w/ just one island, leaving plenty of room for eat in kitchen w/ table instead of just bar seating. Maybe not? I don’t know, it’s driving me nuts because rest of house/layout seems perfect. Still think mod, slick German kitchen was a mistake.

    Love the many entry way closets, such a nec. luxury.

    Just dreaming, I’d try to make the dining room fireplace a double sided-open to kitchen as well, albeit vintage/period looking.

    Is that an extra toilet in a closet across hall the other br w/ a fireplace? Original to house?

  • think I saw this house back when it was asking 980k or so. it looks a lot better now

  • Regardless of the kitchen, it’s 5000 square feet in great condition with parking to boot. Plus it’s near the lakeside project. Asking would be a steal. Long term, people.

  • Regardless of the kitchen, it’s 5000 square feet in great condition with parking to boot. Plus it’s near the lakeside project. Asking would be a steal. Long term, people.

  • I thought 1910 was pretty early for a house like this, or ANY house on Maple I, which has the “newest” houses in the PLG Historic District so I checked the LPC Designation Report

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdf/reports/PROSPECT_LEFFERTS_GARDENS_HISTORIC_DISTRICT.pdf

    75 Maple was designed in 1922

  • I thought 1910 was pretty early for a house like this, or ANY house on Maple I, which has the “newest” houses in the PLG Historic District so I checked the LPC Designation Report

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdf/reports/PROSPECT_LEFFERTS_GARDENS_HISTORIC_DISTRICT.pdf

    75 Maple was designed in 1922