A curious survivor, a freestanding Second Empire mansion at 489 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill, will soon vanish, to be replaced by an apartment building. Workers were demolishing the upper floors of the already gutted house before Labor Day weekend, knocking holes in the roof and walls.
Actor Matt Damon is in contract to buy a penthouse condo in The Standish, at 171 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn Heights, according to the Wall Street Journal. If the deal closes for the asking of $16.645 million, it will set a new record for real estate in the borough.
The picturesque house looks ripped right from a “what is Victorian” architectural guide book — there’s a polychrome mansard roof with intricate iron cresting along the roofline, dormers, a bracketed cornice and bay windows. Located a block from the Hudson River at 4 3rd Street in Athens, N.Y., the photogenic property has a wealth of original interior details to match.
Labor Day’s in the rear-view mirror and the nights are getting cool, which means several things: school is back in swing, we’ll soon be barraged by pumpkin spice, and the housing market is back in full gear. Lots to choose from this week, after the doldrums of August, and we’ve got four prime specimens four you, including a mews house, and who doesn’t love one of those? That one’s in Cobble Hill, the others are found in Crown Heights and Bed Stuy.
This Bed Stuy brownstone needs work and may come with other issues as well, but its original details are intact and awaiting someone ready to take on a restoration project. It’s at 596 MacDonough Street, between Ralph and Howard avenues.
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