Step inside this artfully renovated and imposing 1881 corner-lot brownstone with a distinctive mansard roof at 1 Verona Place in Bed Stuy and you will see oodles of apparently original historic detail and modern kitchens and baths. But take a closer look.
The entire interior has been gut renovated and everything is new except parts of the stair, which has been rebuilt, reconfigured and painted in black lacquer.
The developers are Christiaan Bunce, a principal at the design firm KGBL, whose own home was featured on the Insider in 2011, and Adam Dahill, a mortgage broker and longtime Brownstoner commenter. Bunce designed the custom-milled moldings and door and window casings used throughout the house.
“I think of our homes as Modern Victorians,” said Dahill. “Old world craftsmanship, with details that never go out of style coupled with modern day fixtures in kitchens and baths.”
Features include rift-sawn white oak floors with walnut inlays, a pair of Louis-style marble fireplaces, pocket doors, a wine fridge, and Flavor Paper wallpaper.
The wet rooms offer a modern contrast, with a kitchen with statuary marble countertops and backsplash and fumed white oak cabinetry, and a bathroom with teak paneling and a marble vanity top. Another bathroom has sculptural china fixtures and penny-tile floor.
The house has a one-bedroom rental on the garden level, duplexed with a cellar rec room, and an owner’s triplex above. The entrances are separate, and they do not share a stair.
The triplex has three bedrooms plus a library with a fireplace and a built-in walnut bookcase with bronze glass shelving. There’s multi-zone a/c and heating and a washer/dryer hookup on the top floor.
The house is part of the Bedford Historic District. It is Neo-Grec in style; the Second Empire roof is a later addition, according to the designation report.
New are 25 Landmark-approved Jeld-Wen windows and a solid mahogany front door in the Neo-Grec style.
The outdoor space in the rear combines a parking spot and a garden, not pictured.
Part of a row of 11 designed by architect Thomas B. Jackson, the house was owned in the 1940s by a prominent African American family, the Glosters, whose members included doctors and nurses, according to Brownstone Detectives.
It last changed hands in 2015 for $1,250,000 and has a total of 2,800 square feet, according to PropertyShark.
Listed by Compass brokers Maria Ryan, Libby Ryan and Esther Patten, the house has a high-end price tag to match the high-end renovation: $3.25 million, to be exact. If it sells for ask, it will set a new record for Bed Stuy. What do you think of what they’ve done with it?
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