For a house that needs more than a fair amount of work, this Boerum Hill brick row house comes with quite the price tag but there are also plenty of original details intact.
Located in the Boerum Hill Historic District at 184A Bergen Street, it is one of a row of three-story brick Italianate houses with brownstone basements and simple brownstone sills and door hoods. Much of the block between Hoyt and Bond was developed by builder John Monas, according to the designation report. Between 1872 and 1874 Monas advertised newly completed houses of Philadelphia brick (pressed brick) with brownstone trimmings and the latest improvements.
While the exterior is intact, including the cast iron railings on the stoop and the bracketed cornice, the interior appears mid project. The listing suggests “bring your architect” and the handful of listing photos show ceilings with exposed lathe, wood floors in need of a bit of TLC and some walls down to the framing. The listing lacks a floor plan but notes the house has seven bedrooms and three bathrooms. Presumably the latter need some finishing; a glimpse of one shows a tub and some exposed plumbing.
The photos also reveal Italianate details, including at least six marble mantels, plaster ceiling medallions and an arched niche in an upstairs bedroom. There are two more niches in the dining room on the rear of the parlor floor.
Downstairs, the kitchen is in the rear of the garden level where it would have been historically and, although the listing photo doesn’t provide a full view, we can see some intriguing elements. These include wide planked floorboards, bead board wainscoting, a built-in cabinet, a brick fireplace and a tin ceiling.
Records show plans were filed in 2019 to renovate the interior of the two-family, including new plumbing, without any change to occupancy. The property has a stop work order for renovations without a permit, according to DOB records, and cash buyers are “preferred,” according to the listing.
The house last changed hands in 2014 after being in the same family since the 1960s. It is now listed for $3.15 million with Kyle Talbott and Karen Talbott of Corcoran. What do you think of it?
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