This landmarked brownstone at 114 MacDonough Street in Bedford Stuyvesant has no shortage of grandeur but looks as though it could benefit from a thorough updating. That said, it may well be in move-in condition, going by the photos.
Built in 1890 and likely designed by noted Brooklyn architect Amzi Hill, according to the 1971 designation report, the French Neo-Grec house has a dog-leg stoop and characteristic delicate incised floral detail.
Inside, the entrance hall is a grand one, with panelling, a landing midway up the stair, and a built-in bench and mirror with original hooks for hats.
The front parlor is not pictured, but the rear one is an eyegrabber, with elegant plaster details and woodwork framing niches and closets. The front master bedroom is equally elaborate, with a fancy plaster freize and ornamented plaster brackets setting off the niche for the bed.
There are parquet and inlaid floors throughout, as well as original doors that look as though they might well be mahogany or walnut or some other fine species.
Less fetching are the kitchens and baths, some of which were last updated in the 1960s, according to the listing, from Eugenia Foxworth of Foxworth Realty. One of these takes up part of the front parlor.
Note the single-family home is currently configured as an owner’s duplex with two studio apartments on the third floor and a one-bedroom floor-through apartment on the top floor. (It’s not an SRO, though, according to city records.)
Given the setup, a potential buyer will have some work to do to configure the house as a single family (or change the certificate of occupancy to a multi-family). Mortgage lenders might not look favorably on the extra units, as well.
The brownstone has central air and heat, and the basement has original stone arches.
The ask is $2 million. Think that’s fair?
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