163 stuyvesant avenue bed stuy 122014

Here’s the sort of house we love but seem to see less and less these days: Seemingly nearly untouched although in estate condition with tons of original detail. We’d like to see more photos, but the listing promises “original period details abound,” including five marble mantels, pocket doors, shutters, elaborately detailed plaster ceilings, and a curved Italianate staircase.

It’s set up as a rental unit over an owner’s duplex. It’s on Stuyvesant Avenue, but not particularly close to the shops or the A/C in Stuy Heights. It’s five blocks from the J train.

It just had a price cut from $1,300,000 to $1,178,300. What do you think of it and the new ask?

163 Stuyvesant Avenue [Halstead] GMAP

459 east 19th street ditmas park 122014

Today’s House of the Day is another circa-1900 freestanding Colonial Revival landmarked wood frame house in Ditmas Park — almost a twin to yesterday’s House of the Day. In fact, it was designed by the same architect, A. White Pierce, and built in 1906.

We’re guessing it’s in somewhat better condition than that one although still needing quite a bit of work and perhaps with not as many original details intact.

Although the crown molding is missing in some of the parlor rooms, there’s a lot of unpainted oak woodwork and a pretty, albeit altered, mantel in the hall. There’s also a very interesting high style 1950s bath reminiscent of Fornasetti with zany black and white tile and a transparent plastic or fiberglass panel with black and brown butterflies above the sink that might be worth saving in whole or in part. Another bath still has its original marble sink and a bit of a gas jet sconce still in the wall.

There’s also a detached two-car garage. What do you think of it for $2,199,000?

459 East 19th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

476 east 18th street ditmas park 122014

This freestanding Colonial Revival wood frame with a porch in Ditmas Park could not be more attractive, but it’s going to need a lot of work. We suspect leaks and mold may be an issue, going by the photos in the listing, and it will probably need all the other usual upgrades as well.

The front of the house, located at 476 East 18th Street, was used as a doctor’s office, but the partitions and extra bathroom in the hall look easy to remove.

Even so, the house appears remarkably intact, with all its moldings, doors, staircase, and stained glass. It’s landmarked and has been in the same family for decades, according to public records. It was designed by architect A. White Pierce in 1901 for Charles Cooper, a mechanic, according to the designation report.

The listing says the house needs TLC and is being sold as is. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,550,000?

476 East 18th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

226 martense street flatbush 122014

Like yesterday’s House of the Day, today’s also appeared in Open House Picks Friday but deserves a closer look. Located just south of Prospect Lefferts Gardens in East Flatbush, this classic Queen Anne wood frame house at 226 Martense Street appears to be in move-in condition, yet is relatively affordable, at least by current Brooklyn standards.

Recently renovated, it still has a fair amount of detail left inside, including wood moldings, plaster details, the staircase, a type of parquet known as a wood “rug,” and wainscotting, though it seems to have lost some pocket doors and mantels.

The exterior needs restoration, but the bigger issue, as we see it, is that the house is not as large as it appears from the outside. The top floor is just one room, so although the top floor apartment is technically a duplex, essentially the house consists of two floor-through apartments.

Given all that, do you think the price of $749,000 is fair?

226 Martense Street [Fillmore] GMAP

268 prospect place prospect heights 2 122014

This Romanesque Revival house at 268 Prospect Place was an Open House Pick last week, but too good to pass up. It has most of its original details and is just a very pretty house. In the same family for 44 years, it seems to be in very good shape although we expect the kitchens and baths could use refreshing or restoration.

The main rooms appear unaltered, including the dining room with wainscotting and big front bedroom. We like the mantels with their various colored tiles, the elaborate plaster details on the ceilings, the stained glass and the floors. There is also early electric lighting.

Designed by William L. Beers, the 1889 house is in the Prospect Heights Historic District. The ask is $2,499,000. Did anyone see it in person this weekend?

268 Prospect Place [Stribling] GMAP

279 sackett street carroll gardens 122014

Given this listing comes with only two interior shots, we suspect there’s not much detail left in this once-grand Carroll Gardens brownstone. Still, it’s 25 feet wide and has high ceilings on every floor, according to the listing.

The house at 279 Sackett Street is currently set up as a four-family and will be delivered vacant. The staircase is original, there is a stained glass skylight, and more than one marble mantel, according to the ad.

Considering it could also buy a top-of-the-line house in perfect, move-in condition in Park Slope on a park block, the ask of $4,650,000 sounds high to us, but what do you think?

279 Sackett Street [Corcoran] GMAP

18 douglass street cobble hill 122014

Although it falls outside the historic district, this four-story brick house at 18 Douglass Street in Cobble Hill looks to us to be quite old, possibly from the first half of the 19th century. It’s extra wide (25 feet, according to PropertyShark), and appears to be in fairly decent shape with some nice details such as marble fireplaces. In the bathroom pictured, we’d lose the tile and plumbing bump-out, but keep the claw foot tub.

It’s set up as two floor-through rentals over an owner’s duplex. Listed in October, it recently had a price cut and is now asking $3,300,000. There is an open house this weekend. Has anyone seen this in person? What do you think of it?

18 Douglass Street [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP

 

204 jefferson avenue bed stuy 122014

This Montrose Morris-designed house at 204 Jefferson Avenue in Bed Stuy is yet another magnificent wreck, and may have been the subject of mortgage fraud going back years, judging by its title history. A Building of the Day in September, the 1891 house has an unusually elaborate entrance, fancy plaster details, original mantels, built-ins, stained glass window transoms, inlaid parquet floors, and on and on.

It’s also quite large, over 4,000 square feet, with four stories and an extension. It is still a single family home and appears to have never been divided up.

Needless to say, it needs all the usual work and probably more. The stair banister seems to be missing.

It sold for $1,200,000 last month to an LLC. Before that, it sold for 700,000 in 2006. (Over the years, a long string of lis pendens were filed against the property and various owners, going back to at least 1990, many filed less than a year after the house changed hands — a pattern than can indicate fraud.)

Now the ask is $1,650,000. The listing calls it the “perfect Bedford Stuyvesant restoration project for the new year.” Has anyone seen this place in person?

204 Jefferson Avenue [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

226 seeley street windsor terrace 122014

This Windsor Terrace teens two-family seems to have lots of lovely original details such as parquet floors, doors and stained glass. It’s also less than a block from Prospect Park.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer a whole lot of space for an owner-occupant. Each apartment occupies one floor in what was originally a two-story single-family house. We’d estimate the two upper floors total about 1,500 square feet. (There’s also a lower level, which the floor plan calls the “garden floor,” but it doesn’t look too promising to us. The boiler is down there and much of it appears to be below grade.)

We’re thinking a new owner might want to convert the house back to the one-family it was originally. The listing indicates it will need work, since it says “please bring your contractor and dreams.”

Do you think it’s worth the ask of $1,299,000?

226 Seeley Street [Corcoran] GMAP

521 macon street bed stuy 122014

This house at 521 Macon Street has some exuberant original details on the parlor floor, but we wonder about the rest based on the alterations on the floor plan and lack of photos. One of the agents tells us it needs only minor work — such as painting and some upgrades to the kitchen and baths in the owner’s unit — to turn it into a showpiece.

It’s currently set up as two floor-through rentals over an owner’s duplex. There is already a kitchen on the parlor floor, so presumably it wouldn’t be difficult to flip the configuration if a buyer prefers a triplex over a garden floor rental.

The exterior is interesting with its unusual top-floor window treatment, and it has its original front doors. The location is close to everything in Stuyvesant Heights.

Do you think they will get their ask of $1,700,000?

521 Macon Street [Halstead] GMAP

104 central avenue bushwick 112014

Here’s another wood frame on an oversize lot being sold as a development site. Longtime readers may recognize the house, which has a distinctive mural on the front, as belonging to BushwickBK founder and Cafetería La Mejor co-owners Jeremy Sapienza and Luis Velazquez. The two have no plans to leave the area, Sapienza told us over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Like most Bushwick houses, it was already stripped of historic detail when Sapienza and Velazquez bought it for $570,000 in 2007, but they’ve fixed it up nicely, we think. (Incidentally, the mural is by street artist Overunder, aka Erik Burke.)

The two-story house at 104 Central Avenue is only 1,520 square feet, but a building as large as 6,075 square feet could be built on the 25 by 100 foot lot, according to PropertyShark.

The ask is $1,299,000. Do you think they will get it?

104 Central Avenue [Halstead] GMAP

136 macdonough street bed stuy 112014

This Amzi Hill house at 136 MacDonough Street in the original Stuyvesant Heights Historic District is just dripping with incredible original details, including an original bathroom with the marble and nickel sink. It’s in estate condition so it will need the works, but so do plenty of houses in Brooklyn and few are as nice as this one.

The thing about this listing that puzzles us is that it sold at auction for $1,650,000 in June — to applause — as we reported at the time. But there is no record of that sale (or any other) in public records. So evidently the deal never closed.

Now it is asking $1,790,000, and the listing suggests it could be divided into a four-family.

That would be a travesty. Somebody please, please buy this house and save it.

136 MacDonough Street [Rutenberg Realty] GMAP
Bed Stuy Brownstone Goes for $1.65 Million at Kings County Public Auction [Brownstoner]

Update: A reader who is a veteran of auctions tells us a relative must have been discovered after the auction, since if the buyer defaulted the house would have gone to the next highest bidder.