This mid-19th century Greek Revival is certainly an impressive house, with some original Greek Revival details as well as a sympathetic renovation, but it also has a price tag to match. Matching the classic charm of the interior, the circa 1848 brick house is set on a scenic block of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, at 43 Garden Place.
While the residence, built on what was known as Garden Street before the 1870s, was serving as a boarding house by at least the 1860s, it retains a fair amount of original character inside and out. The brick facade rises above a brownstone base, and there’s a classic Greek Revival entrance with a paneled wood door, sidelights and a transom, surrounded by brownstone pilasters and Classical entablature. The windows have simple brownstone lintels, and at the top of the building is a later 19th century bracketed and dentiled cornice and some dormers mostly hidden from the street view.
After purchasing the house in 1998, the current owners undertook a reno that tweaked the floor plan but left the layers of 19th century detail intact. On the parlor level are black marble period mantels, ear moldings, plasterwork and the original stair, but the rear parlor was opened up to incorporate a kitchen. The kitchen has an old-fashioned flair with bead board, custom cabinets and open shelving painted in Marigold Yellow from Old Fashioned Milk Paint. The interior was featured in Elle Decor in May of 2016, which noted the touches of modern life visible amidst the “old-world aesthetic” shared by the homeowners.
Upstairs are three floors of bedroom space. The third floor includes a bedroom with en suite bath, a terrace, walk-in closets, a den and a home office. There are also two more marble mantels, although only the fireplaces on the first floor are wood burning, according to the listing. The dormered fifth floor sports wide planked floorboards and houses the laundry room, a media room and another bedroom.
While it’s a single family home, the lower level includes a guest suite with kitchenette, full bath and access to the rear garden. There’s also a cellar with storage space and a wine cellar. For outdoor space there’s the terrace off the third floor bedroom along with a rear yard with stone patio and landscaped beds.
Leslie Marshall, James Cornell and Nick Hovsepian of Corcoran have the listing, and the property is asking $8.45 million. What do you think?
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