It’s one of Bed Stuy’s most prominent and notable buildings, a true mansion built by a wealthy inventor, and it’s going on the market in September. The owner of 247 Hancock Street, Claudia Moran, a retired advertising exec, moved here in the ’80s from Chelsea and can tell story after story about the building.
it was an illegal SRO when she bought it with a down payment of $7,500. It took 18 months to close. She has restored it inside and out. Although she is 72 (she doesn’t look a day over 50), she maintains the extensive garden with English roses and a koi pond herself.
Sharon Stone shot a movie there, it has been the site of many fashion shoots and weddings, and President Cleveland once stopped by. Known as the Moran Victorian Mansion and the John C. Kelley House, after the water-meter mogul who built it, it is occasionally rented out for events and photo shoots. It’s a single family house with two kitchens and the top floor is currently rented although it will be delivered vacant. The owner said she plans to retire to her native Jamaica.
The house is 40 feet wide by 47 feet deep and sits on a 81-by-100 square foot lot. Sadly, this block and this building are not yet landmarked, but they should be. Montrose Morris’ own house was across the street and many of his buildings are still here. He designed this house also, in the mid to late 1880s. The Neo-Renaissance architecture with Romanesque Revival features was notably in advance of its time.
The listing will go up in early September, real estate agent Ban Leow of Halstead, who has known the owner for years, told us. The ask: $6,000,000.
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Photo by Ban Leow