Renovated Stuy Heights Brownstone With Bounty of Original Details, Deck Asks $2.75 Million

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This Stuy Heights brownstone has been beautifully renovated, with modern updating alongside original details, and a choice owner’s triplex. It’s on a nice block, as well, at 731 Putnam Avenue, where with its angled front and L-shaped stoop it bookends a row of brownstones on the north side of the street.

It’s listed by Halstead broker Ban Leow — who also happens to be the owner. Leow, who’s sold many a historic townhouse in the neighborhood, bought it in January 2015 (it was a House of the Day six months earlier) and put a fair amount of work in, updating the kitchen and baths and opening up the parlor floor. He plans to downsize into an apartment nearby, he told Brownstoner.

The legal three-family is set up as a two-family, with a triplex over a one-bedroom garden rental. There’s plenty of detail, including original entry and vestibule doors, stained glass, pocket doors, parquet floors, pocket shutters, decorative fireplaces, wainscoting, parquet floors, and a beaut of a pier mirror in the front parlor.

The kitchen is nicely done, with generous cabinet and counter space, composite stone countertops, a Wolf range and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. A door leads out to an oversized wooden deck; the yard below is given over to more decking, with horizontal fencing, wraparound bench seating, and a giant tree in one corner.


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There are five bedrooms on the upper floors; four of them amply sized, including a master with an en suite bath (one of 3.5 baths in the triplex), a walk-in closet and a decorative fireplace.

There’s split-unit air conditioning and laundry machines in the basement; the rental has an additional washer and dryer hookup, along with a private outdoor space that sits under the deck.

Co-listed by Howard Ramlal, the house has a price history that mirrors Bed Stuy’s rise. It was bought by an LLC in 2013 for $550,000; Leow paid $1.55 million two years later. Now it’s asking $2.75 million. Worth it?

[Listing: 731 Putnam Avenue | Broker: Halstead] GMAP

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Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Bed Stuy at 731 Putnam Avenue

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Bed Stuy at 731 Putnam Avenue

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Bed Stuy at 731 Putnam Avenue

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Bed Stuy at 731 Putnam Avenue

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Bed Stuy at 731 Putnam Avenue

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Bed Stuy at 731 Putnam Avenue

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Bed Stuy at 731 Putnam Avenue

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Bed Stuy at 731 Putnam Avenue

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Bed Stuy at 731 Putnam Avenue

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