Shifting from the barely affordable for the middle-income earner to how the other half lives — or like, considerably less than half — we have what may be the beau idéal historic property for rent in Brooklyn Heights. It’s a quadraplex apartment in a beautiful circa 1844 Greek Revival townhouse with a brick facade and immaculate wrought ironwork. Carved wood entry with arched lights, one of several later 19th century additions, lead to a double parlor.
The parlors are separated by pocket doors and festooned with details like columns, inlaid parquet floors, and classic Greek Revival black marble mantels. A window-lined breakfast room, breakfast bar, and well-equipped galley kitchen with stone counters and copper range hood overlook the garden via a Juliet balcony and French doors inset with antique stained glass.
On the next two floors are the five bedrooms, three of them with walk-in closets, and 4.5 baths, a substantial terrace, and more mantels. The top floor, hidden from the street, is set up as a play room or guest suite with its own wet bar and bathroom.
The listing calls the 25-foot-wide home “flawlessly restored” and we’d have to agree, except on one point: Air conditioning units are set into the walls in lieu of central air. The apartment, a condo, has been in the same family since the 1980s, according to public records.
Presumably it doesn’t come furnished but the listing doesn’t say and who knows at this price. We might speculate it could be fitting for a visiting diplomat, CEO, or celebrity between digs?
Oh yes, the price. At $16,000 a month, does it come with any services? Cheryl Nielsen-Saaf and Cara Sadownick of Corcoran can fill in the rest of the details. Something to dream about?
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