Here’s an extra-large Bed Stuy brownstone packed with rare original details, including a Juliet balcony and a whopping 10 decorative mantels. It’s located at 105 MacDonough Street in the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, and the asking price, which will break records if reached, doesn’t fully match the serviceable renovation — past record-setters in the neighborhood have combined impressive original details with equally impressive updates.
Constructed in 1891 and built by noted 19th century architect Amzi Hill, it has traces of both Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne styles on its distinctive facade — the latter especially in the tiled roof and gabled windows.
The townhouse is wider and taller than most at 21 feet and five stories. A legal four-family, it’s currently configured as a lower duplex on the garden and parlor floors with three apartments above, according to the listing — although the floor plan shows only two kitchens.
Bay windows can be found in the front of the home and the rear of the parlor floor, along with mahogany millwork that is even more elaborate than usual, a carved newel post and pier mirrors. The two-tier wood mantel in the rear parlor has whatnot shelves over an onyx fireplace surround. Another wood mantel, in the garden floor dining room, has green Minton-style tile.
The centerpiece of the eat-in kitchen is the original coal burning stove, which sits next to a new stainless steel Viking number. The rest of the kitchen, as previously mentioned, is serviceable and doesn’t appear to have been recently updated.
Only one bathroom is pictured, but it’s an interesting looking one, with black-and-white checkered floor tiles and black wall tiles surrounding what appears to be a claw-foot bathtub.
The leafy street is lined with brownstones of a similar age as well as the freestanding mansion home to the United Order of Tents. The Kingston-Throop local C station is three blocks away, and the Nostrand Avenue A and C express stop is a 4.5 block walk.
Unless it’s changed hands so recently the sale has yet to hit public records, it’s been in the same family for decades. Halstead’s Jevon Gratineau has the listing for $3.7 million. Do you think they’ll get their price?
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