This triplex condo belongs to an 1880s brownstone in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District that went condo in 2014. Located at 31 Schermerhorn Street, it’s spacious and renovated, with some original details. As the listing says, it offers “townhouse living” in condo form — possibly for less than an entire house in the same area.
The apartment occupies the upper floors of a two-family, five-story, 17-foot-wide building. It features carved white marble mantels, Juliet balconies, a modern kitchen and bathrooms, an extensive rooftop terrace, built-in bookcases, and a gently curving bannister in the center staircase.
The floor plan of the triplex is smartly laid out with the original staircase and wet rooms in the center so the main rooms take maximum advantage of the full width of the house. As well, all the living areas are on one floor and bedrooms are above.
The apartment opens to a hallway leading to two coat closets, a powder room, and the u-shaped kitchen. The living room with carved marble mantel — and otherwise a modern feel — is in the front.
The kitchen has white Shaker-style cabinets, stainless steel appliances and dark countertops. It is open to the dining room, which has a mantel, two sets of floor-to-ceiling French doors with Juliet balconies overlooking the rear garden.
Two more mantels are on the next floor, laid out as a master bedroom with two closets in a pass-through to a modern bathroom. It’s tiled in all white, with a double sink, streamlined vanity and built-in closet, and a glass-enclosed shower. The other half is labeled a bedroom/ office in the floor plan and has built-in bookshelves, though the photos show more an entertainment room/ lounge with a flat screen TV above the mantel, and a couch and lounge chair oriented around it.
The top floor is pictured as kids’ rooms–each with an en suite bathroom– with a tent staged in one room alongside a play area, à la “The Royal Tenenbaums.”
A circular stair goes to the roof deck, which is pictured furnished and showing a view of the Statue of Liberty.
The whole building had been a four family building when it sold in 2012 for $2.4 million before its conversion to condos. The upper unit last changed hands in 2016 for $3,542,500. (The garden-level duplex went for $2.995 million in 2015.)
Now the upper level is on the market for $3.695 million, in a listing from Ravi Kantha, Matthew Lesser and Gian Mitchell of Leslie J. Garfield. Monthly tax is $1,660 and common charges are $230. (Note: The set up as only two units could complicate getting a mortgage if the buyer needs one.) Will it get ask?
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