James Deaver is not a professional designer; he’s an attorney. But that didn’t stop him from hands-on planning a major renovation of his beautifully intact circa 1870s brownstone, then confidently decorating with antiques and vintage modern pieces acquired over time. As such, the place feels very personal, and every picture and object has a story to tell.
Four brick townhouses in Clinton Hill, Windsor Terrace, Bed Stuy and Flatbush have hit the market and offer sleek renovations with minimalist updates, wide plank floors, preserved mantels and, in Bed Stuy, a more modest affair with two rental floors but still plenty of details.
A would-be carriage house in Carroll Gardens may be one of the more unusual rentals in the borough, comprising a studio apartment sitting on top of a garage and cellar. But its advantages may outweigh its oddity–or the oddity may be the attraction, along with the parking spot, Juliet balcony, small terrace, and cellar storage.
A Renaissance Revival brownstone in the Park Slope Historic District has kept many of its original features intact and also has many upgrades. Chief among these was modernizing the configuration of the original two-family by moving the rental to the garden level, expanding bathrooms, and adding a kitchen and deck to the parlor level.
The story around how Jack Esterson and Richard Montelione came to buy their brownstone in 1997 isn’t an unusual one. They’d been scouring the market for a while on a budget of $300,000, which is about what un-renovated five-story row houses in parts of Brooklyn’s brownstone belt went for a couple decades ago.
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