This Neo-Grec brownstone dating from 1885 is recently renovated and configured as an owner’s triplex with a top-floor rental. Located at 392 Jefferson Avenue, it retains some original details: in the parlor and elsewhere on the upper floors, the crown moldings are extravagant, with scrolls, dentils, fluting and corner blocks, though they’re all painted white and so tend to disappear into the background.
According to the listing, there’s a marble mantel on the garden level in what is now the master bedroom, though it is not pictured. Floor plans suggest there may be another mantel in the other garden-level bedroom, and we also see pass-throughs that may have surviving woodwork, but they’re not shown.
The update includes a very au courant L-shaped kitchen with a marble island, gray Shaker-style cabinets, stainless steel appliances, open built-in display shelves and parquet floors. There’s a small deck past the kitchen and a laundry room below it. The basement has been refinished, set up as an entertainment center with a bar in photos. The garden is covered in concrete with a planted border.
We get a look at one of the renovated bathrooms, finished with a glass shower on a marble base, a patterned floor and a sink with exposed plumbing and antique-looking fixtures.
There are three kitchens shown on the floor plans, but neither the one in the top-floor rental nor the one on the third floor that the listing refers to as a kitchenette for guests is shown.
The most compelling attributes of this house may well be the exterior, with its extravagantly ornamented cornice with brackets, extensive incised window and door surrounds, cast iron stoop and fence, glazed double doors, egg-and-dart detailing at the entrance and herringbone-patterned tile in the vestibule. The architects were Phillips and Weild, according to the listing.
Photos from 2010 show what looks like an “estate condition” house in which the parlor-level mantels were already gone. The current owner purchased the home in 2010 for $605,500. It’s now on the market for $2.695 million.
Morgan Munsey and Perri Defino at Compass are handling the listing. Will it sell at this price?
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