There’s an unexpected amount of original detail on the interior of this early 20th century Bay Ridge row house, and while it might need some style upgrades, it offers a bit of space along with period features. It’s just a few blocks from the scenic Narrows Botanical Garden at 83 73rd Street.
It’s one of six row houses built in 1910 by J. S. Glaser, with two designs alternating in the row. The single-family houses are all set back from the sidewalk with raised front gardens and entries, two stories and ornate classical details. No. 83 has a brick facade with limestone detailing, including Ionic pilasters, window surrounds with foliate details on the first floor, arched windows with keystones on the second story and a bracketed cornice. The windows and front door all have ornamental ironwork that can be spotted in the circa 1940 tax photo.
A 1911 ad for one of the houses in the row highlighted the interior features including “exquisite wood work,” and much of that woodwork appears to be intact in this home, particularly on the more formal first floor. There are parquet floors with inlaid borders, columned screens, door surrounds and a staircase in addition to plaster details like crown moldings and ceiling medallions. The house has been in the same family since at least the 1970s so while the interior style might need a refresh — the wallpaper may not be to everyone’s taste — it appears to be in fine repair.
There’s also a fair amount of space with a formal parlor, dining room and living room on the first floor, all with some of that original detail. The galley kitchen has white cabinets, a mosaic tile backsplash and stone counters. Attached is a sunroom or breakfast nook and a half bath.
Upstairs are four bedrooms, two of them decent size and with a passthrough closet in between. There’s a single full bath shared by the bedrooms and, as with other rooms, it could use a refresh but mid-century style enthusiasts may want to retain the all-pink fixtures, including wall tile.
There’s an unfinished basement that from the floor plan appears to include a utility sink and storage along with the expected mechanicals.
A wooden deck off the sunroom leads down to a yard with more wood decking edged with planting beds.
It’s on the market for $1.3 million with Lucille L Flood of Velsor Realty. Worth the ask?
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