Here’s an interesting investment property: a sprawling, Axel Hedman-designed 1899 Bed Stuy house with nine units and a storied past. A four-story corner house with a bowed front, it’s at 139 Bainbridge Street, in the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District.
This week’s quartet of open houses includes three homes that are chock-full of historic detail — woodwork, plaster, leaded glass and more. They also have an abundance of bedrooms — nine at the top end, depending on how you count. And, incredibly for Brooklyn, all of these homes have parking.
People love to make dire pronouncements to soon-to-be parents. They’re usually some version of you’ll never sleep again but one I remember particularly well came from a visitor to our home taking in all the bric-a-brac and declaring that, obviously, we’d soon childproof and redecorate ourselves toward respectable, parental blandness.
“When a house is so narrow, every move you make has to count,” said architect Aniket Shahane of his family’s diminutive dwelling, part of a historic row built to house tannery workers (according to neighborhood lore) at the turn of the last century.
This week, we’re stepping back six months to check in on how four of our featured listings fared on the market.
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