House of the Day: 697 Jefferson Avenue

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The outside of this fully detached Romanesque Revival-slash-High Gothic brownstone on an extra wide lot is spectacular. Inside, it’s been split up into four units with a painfully ugly renovation that “opened up” the space and replaced baseboards, crown moldings, floors and plaster walls.

Admittedly, the renovation did preserve a great deal of the original wood work and features, including the staircase, doors, window and door surrounds, mantels, wainscot and an adorable niche, but except for the restored exterior, it all looks wrong. Clearly, the flippers were making an effort — and we don’t know exactly what detail remained when they acquired it in May for $1,050,000 — but it’s sad to see what was clearly at one point one of the finest Victorian piles in Bed Stuy gutted.

Do you think it makes sense as an investment property with an ask of $1,849,000?

697 Jefferson Avenue [Elliman] GMAP

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