Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Adding Up the Expenses When Renovating an Old Home


    Park Slope Limestone Near Prospect Park With Stained Glass, Mantels, Parking Asks $3.99 Million

    Packed with original details, this early 20th century limestone has an intriguing history behind its construction and a prime location near Prospect Park. It’s located in the Park Slope Historic District at 5 Plaza Street West, steps away from Grand Army Plaza.

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    A Neo-Grec in Fort Greene and Three More Open Houses to See in Person This Weekend

    After months of pausing during the pandemic, open houses have returned and a number popped up for Sunday, July 19. There are still cautions in place: There’s no just stopping by, 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 19th century row houses — two of brownstone and two of brick — that if sold will change hands for the first time in decades. They are all north of a million, ranging in asking price from $1.325 million for a Bed Stuy brownstone to $3.495 million for one in Fort Greene.

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    Brooklyn Heights Carriage House Rental on Charming College Place Asks $16,500 a Month

    The photo-ready facade of this 19th century carriage house hides a surprisingly spacious and modern interior. Set on one of the scenic cul-de-sacs of Brooklyn Heights, 32 College Place is an atmospheric rental for anyone able to afford the pricey monthly tab.

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    Ornate PLG Limestone With Distinctive Roof, Mantels, Pier Mirror Asks $2.35 Million

    There’s loads of original detail packed into this two-story limestone, and its distinctive Spanish tile roof lends it some decided curb appeal. Set in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Historic District at 171 Maple Street, the house is part of the original single-family enclave of Lefferts Manor.

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    Brownstone Boys: Top Surprisingly Big Expenses When Renovating a Historic Home

    Restoring a historic home is full of surprises! Some are welcomed, like the pocket doors we discovered sealed up in the wall or the 1906 Brooklyn newspaper we found under a bathroom. Some are not welcomed, especially when they unexpectedly cost tens of thousands of dollars!

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