House of the Day: 258 Lincoln Road


This one-family at 258 Lincoln Road makes us wish we had thought to look in Prospect Lefferts Gardens before we bought. We are swooning over the brand-new kitchen with marble counters and white cabinets and the dining room with its built-ins and stained glass. The house dates from 1909 and was designed by Benjamin Dreisler, according to the listing. It also has a screened-in porch and a nicely finished English basement. And of course, it’s only a few blocks from the park. Do you think it will sell quickly at $1,300,000?
258 Lincoln Road [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark

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  • Yes I think this will go very fast. Beautiful house, great subway access, close to the park, and amenities are popping up like crazy along the Lincoln Road / Flatbush Corridor. I moved from Carroll Gardens two years ago and absolutely love it out here.

  • I would presume the DOB might someday make you take away the sunroom? or not?

    nice kitchen/bath

    • DOB inspections of single family houses are rare and easily avoided, so being made to take anything away is unlikely. One of the differences between Lefferts Manor and all other brownstone neighborhoods is the R2 (single family) zoning, as well as the single family deed covenant.

    • Nothing looks illegal about the sunroom. 30′ rear yard is the minimum and you sometimes can get a “greenhouse” approved to encroach into the 30′.

  • blog posters make enough money to buy $1.3 million dollar houses? I’m in the wrong business.

  • This house is also on the block that won the “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” award. Good neighbors/community vibe.
    My only reservation about these houses (and there are many like it in PLG) is the small, narrow kitchen. Otherwise, very nice.
    Anyone know if $1.3 would be a new record for PLG’s 2-story-plus-English-basement houses? Seems almost as high as the area’s bigger houses…

    • Not even close to the record: 181 Midwood Street closed for $1.42M earlier this year and 206 Maple Street for $1.325M back in 2010.

      • Actually two more houses on Maple Street (bet Bedford and Rogers, like this block of Lincoln) since then have sold for over $1.3mm. That’s definitely the price now for a renovated house of this size in the Manor. We live in the Manor. I went to the open house. I love this house. I take issue with insulting the galley kitchen. It’s a decision you make and these people like we did decided to leave their gorgeous formal DR as is, not make a pass through or take down a wall. People have their preferences but it’s a totally understandable decision. Also this kitchen layout is bigger than the other houses’ galley kitchens. Their basement stairs door is in the LR not the kitchen. It’s a great idea if one can make it work. The sunroom is wonderful but I also questioned its legality. Buyers should inquire about that. It’s one thing to rip out an illegal deck, which everybody has to do, but it’s another to tear down a whole structure if you get busted and it’s required. Just ask, is all I’m saying. Also if you’re looking at comps, you should know all the same size houses that have sold for $1.3mm and above had 2 bathrooms upstairs, by adding a master en suite. This house only has the one shared bathroom. Not complicated in these houses to add the master bath, there’s space in a couple places to do that, but you have to figure that into total cost.

        • I agree having a master en suite bath is nice to have on the top floor. However, 181 Midwood Street had only one bathroom on the top floor. In addition, 160 Maple Street which is in contract has only one bathroom upstairs, which I believe is going to close for around $1.6M.

          Either way, I stand by my assertion that this house will sell really fast. I don’t know where you can find brownstones priced around $1M with all of the historical details intact and close proximity to Prospect Park? You would need to spend $2.5 – $3.0M for a house like this in Park Slope. And I have found most of the houses in Windsor Terrace to be really bland and spare in terms of historical details.

          • I agree about Windsor Terrace houses. But they weren’t ever meant to be stunners. It was a working class neighborhood back in the day. Traditionally cops and firemen. So the houses were built more simply. Definitely this house will sell and quickly. The buyers at the open house were LOVING the house. About comparisons to other neighborhoods, I myself never compare a Slope house to PLG house. Not the same buyer. What you do always see is the same buyer comparing condos in the Slope to houses in PLG. People shop in the same price range. You get a tiny “browndo” condo with a fake 3rd BR in the Slope with stomping neighbors above you for the same price as this lovely one family house with garden in PLG.