Charming Duplex in Fort Greene Italianate With Parking, Porches, Sauna, Garden Asks $12K

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This rental in a circa 1860 wood frame Italianate “villa” in Fort Greene was already pricey nine years ago when we featured it as both a Rental of the Day and Building of the Day. 158 South Oxford Street is a two-family standalone with notable street presence, and the current rental is the lower unit, which includes the parlor floor, a driveway, private garden, two porches and a sauna.

The photos show spacious, rambling rooms and tons of huge windows all around. (Though they do have bars on them.) There are original black marble mantels and wood-burning fireplaces, lots of original woodwork, high ceilings, and a beautifully renovated kitchen and bathroom that hold up to current tastes.

The spacious galley kitchen has marble and wood counters, white subway tile walls, Moroccan-style patterned cement tile floors and lots of windows. The bathroom, on the lower level, has a wood sauna, glass-enclosed step-in shower, white subway tile walls and slate tile floors.

The lower level is more modern in style than the parlor floor, with less historic woodwork and some nice built-in shelving in one of the bedrooms.


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Altogether four bedrooms and three bathrooms spread through 3,100 square feet, according to the listing, from Vicki Negron of Corcoran. The gracious, symmetrical exterior has deep eaves and gothic detailing on the front and rear porches.

The private backyard is attractive, with a patio, grassy area, tree and planted beds. The unit also comes with laundry and mini split air conditioning.

It’s in a choice location around the corner from the Der Schwarze Koelner beer garden at a central intersection of Fort Greene and across the street from South Oxford Park, but does the general inflation of prices justify a near doubling of the rent from $6,400 to $12,000 now?

It can be rented furnished or unfurnished, and is not available until September. Worth it for a very charming and spacious rental?

[Listing: 158 South Oxford Street, # Parlor | Broker: Corcoran] GMAP

158 south oxford street

158 south oxford street

158 south oxford street

158 south oxford street

158 south oxford street

[Photos by Al Siedman of VHT via Corcoran]

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