This circa 1852 Greek Revival is a 25.5-foot-wide five-story brick townhouse with brownstone trim and a genteel interior possessing plenty of detail, if not necessarily all original.
The parlor level features 12-feet-high ceilings, parquet floors, crown molding, wainscoting, flowery wallpaper, and wood-burning fireplaces in the front and rear parlors. The Adams-style mantels probably replaced the originals during a 1920s remodeling craze that prized “freshening up” 19th century row houses. A Brooklyn Daily Eagle story fawns over the renovation in 1927 in a notice about a bridge affair it hosted.
Located close to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, 18 Remsen Street is laid out as a quadruplex over a garden floor-through apartment.
A small balcony through two sets of nearly floor-to-ceiling French doors in the rear parlor, here set up as a dining room, has stairs to the garden, landscaped with bluestone. Next to it, the U-shaped parlor-floor kitchen has stainless steel counters and appliances. The wood cabinets appear to date from the mid-20th century, and the cooktop is electric. In the hall are a powder room and coat closet.
The master bedroom on the next level has a large walk-in closet and an en suite bathroom. Also on this level is a library with built-in bookcases framing the mantel and the opposite wall. The two relatively simple white marble mantels on this floor and the one above are likely original to the house.
Three more bedrooms on the next level include two larger ones and plenty of closet space. There’s another full bathroom with a tub on this level. Modern red crescent wallpaper contrasts nicely with the 1950s pale blue tile. The rear bedroom has window seats and shelving on a raised platform.
The top floor, which looks to be an addition, is set back a bit from the street, creating a rooftop terrace to take advantage of the views and prime location. Up here is an open media room, small bedroom and laundry room.
The garden-level apartment is a nicely laid out one-bedroom with wood floors, three closets, and a living room with two sets of French doors opening to the garden.
James Cornell and Leslie Marshall of Corcoran are handling the listing, which is asking $9.75 million. Do you think it will get ask?
[Photos Photo by Jon Nissenbaum, courtesy of The Corcoran Group]
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