This Italianate brownstone built around the 1860s or ’70s won a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award in 2010 for the exterior restoration and interior renovation by NV/da architecture. Located at 36 Grace Court in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, it’s a two-family configured as an owner’s triplex over a garden rental.
Features include seven mantels, original woodwork, a finished attic, sunroom, deck and a nicely landscaped backyard.
Although the five-story house is less than 17 feet wide, the floor plan has been optimized to take advantage of the full width of the house in the front and rear. The parlor floor has a living room in front and, in the rear, a kitchen with open dining and a sun room. Unusually, there is plenty of storage near the parlor floor entrance, with a built in double closet and bench right near the entry, plus two more closets as well as a powder room grouped around the center stair.
A large skylight over the stair “floods the interior” with light, according to the listing. The house appears to have a good deal of original Italianate woodwork intact, as well as handsomely carved marble mantels and original doors. The sunroom has a wall of windows and a door leading to steps down to the garden.
The two levels above both have two bedrooms and a bathroom. All the wet rooms are recently updated in a modern style. The attic has been finished and has an open space for storage or use as a media room, as well as bedroom, bathroom and laundry.
The one-bedroom garden rental is spacious, with its own laundry and an extra room facing the garden that could be used as an office, studio or dining. Both units have access to the backyard, which has a brick patio with space for dining and a lawn surrounded by mixed borders. You can see a few more photos on the broker’s site and check out the 1960s-era exterior on the Brooklyn Heights Blog before it was restored by NV/da architecture.
It last sold in 2008 for $3.325 million. Listed by Donald Brennan of Engel & Völkers Donald Brennan, it’s asking $7.75 million. What do you think of it?
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