Today’s pick is a Bedford Stuyvesant brownstone that’s been given a new life — and carries a piece of its old one.

Specifically, the house — at 44 Macon Street — is a four-story that’s been gut renovated on three of its floors. The garden floor remains as it was — and comes with a “life tenant.”

About the renovation: They’ve gone with an industrial rustic kind of vibe, with lots of exposed brick and roof beams, white walls and an open-plan living room and kitchen in the owner’s upper duplex. The effect is awfully nice — it feels airy, calm and bright.

The third-floor kitchen is spacious and attractive. We’re liking that subway tile with the dark-wood counter both there and in the parlor-floor kitchen (and admire the bold choice to not go with the ubiquitous stainless steel stove). The upper kitchen has one of the house’s three decorative fireplaces, two of them original. (more…)


This Ocean Hill townhouse, at 720 Decatur Street, is one of several better-than-average flips to recently become available in the neighborhood. It and others nearby could be viewed as something of a test case for prices in this section of Ocean Hill, where the sounds of building and rehabbing are getting loud enough to drown out passing trains on the elevated J tracks.

The parlor floor is open plan, with an attractive kitchen in the rear, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and a door that opens onto a terrace. The living room has one of those flat-screen-style built-in fireplaces that look as much like a place to watch a video of a fire as light one. This floor has a half-bath — and there’s another in the cellar (!).



Here’s an interesting one. It’s a four-story Renaissance Revival brownstone, at 176 MacDonough Street in Stuyvesant Heights, with eye-popping details and a serious catch: It’s classified as an SRO, or single-room occupancy dwelling.

To start with the positive: The place looks spectacular. It’s got ornate woodwork, wainscoting, pier mirrors, crown moldings, bay windows, and six mantels of carved oak and mahogany, with period tiles laid alongside. The listing says it’s got some original light fixtures, which would make them over a century old.

What’s in the pictures looks to be reasonably well preserved, too — but there’s plenty that isn’t depicted. And when a listing suggests you “bring your preservation architect” and emphasizes that the house is being sold “AS-IS,” it seems a fair guess that there are a few rough spots. It’d be interesting to see what, and where. (more…)


This four-story townhouse, at 45 Park Place in the North Slope, looks to be in fine shape, and it’s got a great layout for any family that can swing the $3,895,000 asking price without any pesky tenants to help carry the mortgage.

The upper two floors have full baths and two large bedrooms apiece, including a king-sized master bedroom with a walk-in closet. The parlor floor has a living room, dining room and kitchen; the garden level has a spacious, “loft-like” family room and a home office. There are some nice details, including molding and marble mantels.

There’s a small deck off the kitchen with stairs to the garden below. The mechanicals have been updated and there’s central air, which on a day like today sounds pretty appealing. (more…)


The parlor floor on this four-story limestone, at 600 2nd Street in Park Slope, is a serious showpiece.

There’s a small rainforest’s worth of dark carved wood on display — the doorways, the giant pier mirror in the front room, two mantels, that amazing kitchen ceiling. There’s also a tantalizing glimpse of what looks like a wall of original wood built-in cabinets to the right in the middle room.

Check out the plaster details as well, and the stained glass transoms, and the stunning parquet floors. The window daybed in the kitchen is a terrific touch, with stained glass above no less.

And with three connecting rooms, and a deep extension in the rear, the parlor floor runs about 65 feet from front to back. (more…)


It’s hard to find a whole lot of fault with this five-story brownstone, at 44 Grace Court in Brooklyn Heights. It’s palatial, it’s gorgeous, it’s on a block as nice as any in Heights, and it looks to be in fantastic condition.

One word this house brings to mind is “abundance.” Space? There’s around 5,500 square feet. Bedrooms? There are eight, half of them king-sized. Marble fireplaces? There are eight of those as well. Ceilings, high; windows, tall. A lovely landscaped garden and a deck on the fourth floor.

There’s detail all over the place — original moldings, beauteous parquet floors, walnut and mahogany woodwork, the works. There’s a sleek, modern kitchen on the garden level that looks great, and backs up the claim in the listing that the house “has successfully blended its significant history and architectural details with modern living.” (more…)


What we have here is a small-ish house for a big price. The ask on this three-story brownstone — at 451 8th Street in Park Slope — is $2,950,000, which is a pretty penny for a house that’s just over 17 feet wide and less than 2,300 square feet.

On the other hand, it’s a beautiful house. It’s full of details — stained glass, marble mantels, ceiling medallions, crown moldings, parquet floors — and looks to be in top condition. (more…)


This three-story house at 540 Decatur Street in Bed Stuy has a lot of charm, and looks to be in great shape. Priced at $1,350,000, it’s full of detail, including pocket and French doors, a tin ceiling in the garden-floor kitchen, window shutters, moldings and medallions.

Check out the built-in cabinets on the parlor floor, and that stunning pier mirror.

It looks to have been recently renovated, and the pictures suggest a nice job was done. The house sold for $475,000 in April 2012, so it seems a reasonable bet that buyer did the work. The mechanicals and roof are recently upgraded. (more…)


This listing for a Prospect Lefferts limestone leaves a lot to the imagination. But it’s got our attention.

Twenty feet wide and three stories high, the house — at 233 Lincoln Road, between Bedford and Rogers avenues — is obviously not in peak condition. But it’s loaded with original detail — check out the wainscoting, parquet flooring, decorative moldings, elaborate screen, mantel, and pier mirror. (more…)


The sales listing calls this 21-foot-wide Italianate brownstone at 25 Monroe Street in Bed Stuy “classic and timeless,” and that seems a fair estimation. It’s a beaut, full of airy, high-ceilinged spaces and nice details, including arched doorways, crown moldings, original woodwork, French doors, and marble mantels.

Generally speaking, the house looks to be in top shape, and the listing says there are “new systems throughout,” including central air. There’s a lovely kitchen in the lower duplex that looks recently renovated, and marble bathrooms. (more…)


If it’s a turnkey you’re after you can skip this one, but for anyone with a will to take on a heavy-duty renovation project, this single-family at 143 Fenimore Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is worth a serious look.

It has potential to be a stunner, with stained glass windows, an entry bench, some original plaster moldings, parquet floors, a winding staircase and a pair of grand fireplace mantels. (more…)

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This one-family house at 205 Windsor Place in Windsor Terrace has some unusual and striking details. Check out the geometric Arts and Crafts stair railing in particular — we’ve never seen anything like it.

There is also stained glass, a center hall stair fireplace, and lots of other details. Baths and kitchens have been updated, although not terribly recently, from what we can see in the photos. (more…)