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Today’s house, at 772 Quincy Street in Bedford Stuyvesant, has lots of lovely original details. The photos reveal that much. They don’t reveal a whole lot else though, leaving open some questions about what else we’re dealing with here and what kind of shape it’s in.

The details in question include wall moldings, elaborate plaster decorations, ceiling medallions, original window and door moldings, pocket doors, slate mantels with their rare original faux painting intact, and a pier mirror on the parlor floor. Much of it looks to be in good shape. (more…)

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Today’s pick is a Bed Stuy brownstone that’s been newly overhauled, and is on the market for $1,499,000. Located at 192 Hart Street, it features some modern finishes that will be a lure for some and a repellent for others.

The home is set up as a triplex over a garden rental. The triplex has four bedrooms and three and a half baths, with, you guessed it, an open plan living room/kitchen on the parlor floor, with an open staircase.

One unusual element is a third-floor master bedroom with a double-height ceiling that opens up to the top floor. Or not quite double-height — the top floor appears to be a “cheater” story, only a few feet high in front, with a pair of tiny windows set into the building’s cornice. (more…)

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Today’s pick is a fetching 1889 Bed Stuy brownstone that offers an interesting mix of original details and modern updating. Located at 429 Hancock Street, it’s on the market for $1,999,000.

The four-story house has an owner-friendly setup, with a duplex on the bottom two floors. It offers two bedrooms and an office on the garden level and a living room and dining room/open kitchen above. (Atypically, the dining room and kitchen are in the front.) (more…)

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Not your run-of-the-mill brownstone, today’s pick – at 621 East 26th Street near Brooklyn College — has some interesting features.

For starters, there’s an elevator, not something commonly found in a two-story-plus-cellar home. It’s Tudor style, which you don’t see every day in these parts.

And there’s parking for three cars, including a spot that sits within the house, so you can come and go without setting foot on the street, like Bruce Wayne leaving Wayne Manor in the Batmobile. If you’re stalked by paparazzi, this could be useful. (more…)

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Today’s pick runs under a million, which is getting to be a rarity in many Brooklyn neighborhoods these days. It’s $899,000, to be exact, and sits at 1385 Herkimer Street in Ocean Hill, where houses under a million are definitely not a rarity, but may be someday.

The house is a three-story, with an owner’s duplex above and a two-bedroom rental unit below — close to 2,000 square feet in total. It’s all newly redone, including the facade, which was finished in an off-white stucco. Call it off-whitestone. (more…)

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Today’s pick is a stately 20-foot brownstone with bay windows, on a nice block of Bedford Stuyvesant near the edge of Clinton Hill.

It’s not swimming in detail, but there’s some to go around: moldings aplenty, a trio of white marble fireplaces, and, awesomely, etched glass in the front entrance doors. The floors, less awesomely, don’t appear to be original.

The house is set up with an apartment on each of its four floors, each one with a slightly different layout. All have one bedroom (though on the ground level only the living room in the front would be a legal bedroom, not the “den” in the middle). (more…)

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This Bed Stuy house, at 439 Lexington Avenue, is completely renovated in a modern style. Your basic flip job, sold at foreclosure auction last year according to Property Shark, it’s on the market for $1,295,000, listed by Brooke Safford at Corcoran.

It’s a standalone house – no neighbor to either side. On one side of the house is a shared driveway.

Whether you’d like living next to a parking lot and across from an auto shop is another matter to consider. A check of the street view on Google Maps does not suggest there’s vibrant stoop life to be found on this stretch. (more…)

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Brokers are fond of calling places “a rare find” – well, this one really is. You may have seen plenty of brownstones with period detail, but this one – at 46 1st Place in Carroll Gardens — is downright aristocratic.

Check out the columns, the stained glass, the ornate woodwork and crown moldings, the scrollwork, the inlaid floors. We don’t know how many they made like this, but not many survive, and certainly not in this kind of condition.

The house even has a name: Wisteria.

The place is huge as well. It’s 24 feet wide and four stories, for around 6,000 square feet. (more…)

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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…)

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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 (!).

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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…)

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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…)