Here’s a Bed Stuy Neo-Grec brownstone that needs some refiguring, but is renovated and features some striking details. It’s at 200 Van Buren Street, between Lewis Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard.
“Renovated” often means a flip in this neck of the woods, but such is not the case here — the current owner’s had the place since 2003, and presumably did the work after buying the place. That included opening up the garden floor, where the kitchen, dining room and living room reside.
Or make that the primary kitchen and one of the living rooms. A two-family being used as a single residence, the house has an unorthodox configuration, with three spaces designated as living rooms on the floor plan and a second kitchen on the top floor.
Given the presence of that kitchen turning the top floor into a rental with a duplex below would be an obvious way to go, but of course there are other options.
Back to that detail: there’s ornate window and door frames in natural wood, plaster detailing, three fireplaces, pocket doors, stained glass, window shutters, wainscoting and wood floors, including some nice inlaid ones with diamond patterns.
There’s a backyard, which is largely concrete, but has some plantings.
Listed by Shirley Hackel and mTkalla Keaton of Compass, the 20-foot-wide house is asking $1.35 million. (If anyone’s interested, the current seller paid $352,000 in 2003, a simpler time.) The listing says it’s “priced for immediate sale” — think that ask will do the job?
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