A new waterfront development, complete with a public beach, massive rental towers, affordable housing and a starchitect designer, could be coming to Williamsburg.
The once-elegant four-story brownstone right on Fort Greene Park was a rare find, still copiously decked out with plaster moldings, carved woodwork and an entire hallway of original encaustic tile.
Four single-family homes with a mix of construction dates and renovation trajectories are on view, ranging in price from $2.99 million to $699,000. Located in Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Bay Ridge, and East Flatbush, they all have notable historical features and observable changes over the years, including two with impressive luxury upgrades.
There are some givens in the design of a 19th century Brooklyn brownstone. With very few exceptions they are narrow and long. You will almost always open the door to a vestibule, then a foyer, and then a staircase going up the side wall. You’ll have three windows across the upper floors, and on the parlor floor you’ll have the stoop with front door and two windows. All of these very common layout features create a similar situation that anyone renovating one of these old buildings has thought through. If you want three bedrooms on an upper floor, how do you fit them in so they have windows and are a usable size?
It’s not too often houses like this one come along. Replete with magnificent historic details, this 1886 Neo-Grec brownstone in Bed Stuy at 195 Hancock Street was designed by well-known architect Isaac Delamater Reynolds. The listing (and additional photos the agents shared) shows sumptuous and well-preserved finishes such ornate plasterwork, woodwork, tile, built-ins and six mantels.
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