A short stroll from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and the other amenities of the neighborhood, this one-bedroom rental has a scenic location and some original details. It is one of seven units in a brownstone at 54 Pierrepont Street within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District.
While the brownstone dates to at least the 1870s, the facade got its current look in 1890 when owners Nelson G. and Mary A. Carman hired architect John R. Hinchman to bring the house up to date with current trends in architecture. The Real Estate Record and Builder’s Guide reported in June of that year that the architect was drawing up plans to redress the front stone, build a new stoop and add a bay window for the estimated cost of $5,000.
The remodeled house stayed in the Carman family hands until the death of Mary in 1925. By the next year, ads appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle for furnished and unfurnished “newly remodeled” rooms for rent in the former single-family home. An I-card record for 1938 notes it as a rooming house with 14 units. It was converted to its current number of apartments in 1970, according to the certificate of occupancy.
Set in the rear of the fourth floor, this walk-up rental unit isn’t massive but it does have a black marble mantel, wood floors and a bedroom with multiple exposures. The living room has exposed brick walls, recessed lights and a ceiling fan. While there isn’t a mantel in the living room, there is a closed-up firebox and hearth that could be interestingly styled by a creative eye.
The galley kitchen, set into a niche with a tiled floor in the living room, is certainly modest but it does have a dishwasher and appears in good repair.
The marble mantel is in the large bedroom, and the listing photo also shows a niche with a built-in cupboard at its base that likely once held a sink. Located in an extension, the bedroom has four windows on two exposures. It also has a ceiling fan.
Only a glimpse of the bathroom can be seen but, according to the listing, the unit has had a new renovation which, perhaps, includes the bathroom.
There isn’t any mention of laundry in the building and pets are not allowed.
Listed with Brian Lehner of Brown Harris Stevens, it is priced at $2,600 a month. What’s your take?
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