Here’s a Bed Stuy brownstone built circa 1892, that has a lovely and distinctive “bookend” facade with a metal cornice and a curved projecting bay. Romanesque/Renaissance Revival in style, it’s at 297 Hancock Street, in the Bedford Historic District.
And it’s a large one, with over 3,600 square feet spread over four stories (not counting the cellar). It’s configured as a pair of duplexes, with kitchens on the bottom and top floors and somewhat quirky layouts.
The house has been in the same family “for a generation,” the listing tells us, and it’s got some prime detail. There are stained glass windows, crown and wall moldings, wainscoting, mantels, a large pier mirror and a fretwork archway in the front foyer, original encaustic tile and parquet floors.
Condition is an open question. The pictured spaces look quite presentable, but there’s much that’s not shown, and the listing’s admonition to “bring your preservation architect to improve and unlock the potential” of the house does not suggest move-in condition. At the least, figure some updating is called for.
It looks like a space that will reward the effort, though. Listed by Morgan Munsey and Donna Myrie of Halstead, the house is asking $2.1 million. Interested?
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