Here are the stories of 11 creative Brooklynites and their families who took on the renovation and decoration of an historic Brooklyn townhouse and adapted it to suit their own modern lives. Each property posed its own challenges — including rentals, one that was chopped up into apartments, and another that was a dilapidated, uninhabitable wreck.
In-person open houses are back and the options out there are increasing. There are still the expected cautions in place: Appointments are required to view the houses during the scheduled open house times, and presumably social distancing and other measures are in place. We found four row houses, two that are move-in ready and two that are in need of renovation to make them shine. They are all north of a million, ranging in asking price from $1.449 million for a Bushwick brownstone to $3.25 million for one in Fort Greene.
A thorough renovation has given this 1870s brownstone some modern designer style alongside its historic character. Located in the Clinton Hill Historic District at 331 Washington Avenue, the house is across the street from Underwood Park and just a short walk away from the campus of Pratt Institute.
The most popular listings on Brownstoner this week include a co-op in Ditmas Park, a detail-filled limestone in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and a standalone in Kensington.
It’s a rare rental that can boast a location in a building with 19th century Brooklyn Heights history bona fides and a starring role in a campy occult thriller. Perched on the top floor of 10 Montague Terrace, this petite studio has some original details and modern design touches to add to the historic allure.
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