House of the Day: 27 7th Avenue


The Brooklyn Home Company picked up this Romanesque Revival, which we called a “time capsule” when it was a House of the Day, for $1,565,000 in 2012 and has completely redone it with a now-fashionable all-white look.

We don’t know if the dark wood had already been painted or if the floors were beyond saving, but we’re not big fans of stark all-white walls and pale white oak floors in general, but especially in Victorians.

High-resolution interior photos from before the renovation can still be seen on Corcoran’s website, and the wood work certainly looks unpainted and the parquet appears to be in good condition, at least in the entry and parlors.

In fact, the listing refers to “pristine original woodwork,” but also lists many upgrades that seem to have come later, such as “new 3 1/4-inch white oak floors throughout, and new heat and central air.”

In any case, most of the original details are intact, and we like the marble and subway tile in the updated bathrooms and kitchens. The facade has been restored with Landmarks-approved windows. There is multizoned central air and heat as well as a landscaped garden with bluestone.

The house was built in 1887 and designed by architect Laurence Valk, according to the LPC designation report. It is red brick with rusticated stone details and features dormer windows with a Queen Anne sunburst motif.

It’s set up as a triplex over a two-bedroom garden floor rental. Do you think this will go for the full ask of $4,000,000?

27 7th Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

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