Bed Stuy Brownstone With Modern Interior, Fine Woodwork, Swanky Baths Asks $2.5 Million

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This late Victorian brownstone in Bed Stuy has been revamped from top to bottom but still features some incredible woodwork and mantels. Set up as a duplex below two 1.5-bedroom apartments, 595 Hancock Street belongs to a row of three that combine elements of popular architectural styles of the day, such as Romanesque Revival and Neo-Grec.

Facade details include bands of rusticated stone and, alternating down the row, rounded and square door and window trim. The top floor’s petite windows are framed by long, pronounced brackets with fluted and strap-like details, and the brackets holding up the entry door hood are similarly decorated.

An early ad in the Brooklyn Eagle places the date of construction circa 1892, and notes the top floor is a half story.

Inside are original walnut-burl doors and a foyer with a walnut pier mirror and bench. The front parlor’s Queen Anne-style mantel has turned columns, buttons and carved swirling suns that bring to mind a simplified Louis XIV Sun King motif. The windows and doorways all have walnut trim topped with tiered pediments and accented by corner blocks. The floors are new, however.

Apart from that, the owners did quite a job modernizing the kitchens and bathrooms with contemporary designer details. The parlor-floor kitchen has new white Shaker style cabinets, shiny brass hardware, and marble counters and backsplash. It is open to the dining room, which has built-in china cabinets. A door in the rear leads to a deck with stairs to the garden. A little powder room with marbled silver metallic wallpaper is snuck into the floor plan behind the stair.

Two bedrooms are on the garden level, with the master suite featuring custom built-in closets, a bathroom with a mid-century modern-style vanity, and a door out to another deck. Another bathroom has new white cabinets, patterned cement tiles, and a clawfoot tub.

The upstairs apartments are white and modern. The cellar is finished, and there is an energy-efficient HVAC system throughout.


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Located around the corner from the Bridge Street AME church and restaurant L’Antagoniste, the house last sold in 2014 for $860,000. At the time, it was in a fully gutted state, with details stored on site, according to an old listing.

It’s now asking $2.5 million, and Jevon Gratineau and Morgan Munsey of Compass are handling the listing. How do you figure it will fare?

[Listing: 595 Hancock Street | Broker: Compass] GMAP

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