Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: The 19th Century Craze for Octagon Living

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    Jumbo Fort Greene Brownstone With 12 Mantels, Grand Details in Need of Work Asks $6.5 Million

    This Fort Greene Neo-Grec has the impressive proportions and intricately detailed woodwork that might capture an old house enthusiast willing to take on a property in estate condition. The 33-foot-wide house also has a location across from Fort Greene Park, at 198 Washington Park, in the historic district.


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    A Neo-Grec Brownstone and Three More to See This Weekend, Starting at $599K

    All in move-in condition with original historic details, last week’s open house picks ranged in price from $2.625 for a brownstone in Bed Stuy to $599,000 for a brick house in New Lots.

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    Bay Ridge Prewar One-Bedroom Co-op With Custom Closets Asks $325K

    Here’s a prewar in Bay Ridge that is nicely sized but modest in its trimmings with a price to match. It’s a one-bedroom on the first floor of a six-story building at 7101 Colonial Road.

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    Live in a 19th Century Architectural Fad — an Octagon House Is Yours for Under $290K

    The craze for octagonal living was a relatively brief one, but in the mid 19th century eight-sided houses popped up in small towns across the country. This Oneida county example is a fetching one, with its deep porch, bracketed cornice and cupola.

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    Bushwick Row House With Glam Interior, Mantels Asks $1.489 Million

    The straightforward Neo-Grec exterior of this Bushwick row house hides a rather exuberant interior. The 20-foot-wide house at 930 Bushwick Avenue is one of seven built in 1882.

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