Unit With Built-ins, Coffered Ceiling in Brooklyn Heights Mansion at Promenade Asks $2,800

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This one-bedroom is on the fourth floor of one of Brooklyn Heights’ great mansions. It sits not only off the Brooklyn Heights Promenade but is the last building on the block, overlooking the Clark Street entrance and New York harbor. Apartment 4F in 150 Columbia Heights has tall ceilings, bay windows and elaborate woodwork in the living room.

It comprises two large, long and narrow rooms facing the street; the kitchen and bathroom are in the rear of the apartment toward the interior of the building.

The living room is lined with attractive historic details such as a coffered ceilings and wainscoting, surrounding arched bay windows and doors. The bedroom has built in bookcases around the window.

Both rooms may be long enough to accommodate more than one use, such as an office in the bedroom and dining in the living room.

It has a small kitchen that may or may not have room for a kitchen table, as the listing claims; without a floor plan, it’s hard to tell, and the foreshortened photo doesn’t help. Images from a 2016 listing suggest that the counter space is pretty limited, however. There is a view of the bathroom from that time as well, which looks adequate, with a window and walls covered by white tiles with black bullnosed borders. There are also three closets, according to the listing.

It’s a walkup, but the walk is through an extraordinary central staircase with ornate balusters, door trim, coffered panels, and wainscoting. The stairwell appears to be lit with a skylight.


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150 Columbia Heights is in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District and is an 1870s Anglo-Italianate brownstone. The listing says that it is the Squib mansion; more accurately it belonged to one of the two sons of the well-known Dr. E. R. Squibb, who lived in the neighboring buildings and was reportedly among the earliest residents of the block. We’ve done a few write-ups of rentals in the building before.

Apartment 4F last rented in 2016 when it was asking $2,600. Now it’s looking for $2,800, fitting for a household claiming around $112,000 in income, according to the traditional calculation. Matthew M. Canale of Douglas Elliman is handling the listing. It’s not huge, but it might work for a couple. Worth it for the details and location?

[Listing: 150 Columbia Heights, APT 4F | Broker: Douglas Elliman] GMAP

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Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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