This Bed Stuy brownstone offers numerous points of distinction. At 5 Arlington Place, it dates to circa 1887, built in the Renaissance Revival style by the prominent 19th century architect George P. Chappell. It’s next door to the “Crooklyn” house at 7 Arlington, made famous as the family domicile in Spike Lee’s movie (and now a gorgeous bed and breakfast).
It was also featured as part of a Building of the Day in 2012.
Then there’s the whopping price tag. It’s asking $3.5 million, which would make this the priciest Bed Stuy townhouse on record if it fetches that much or close.
It’s also a stunner of a house. It last sold in 2014, when it was a House of the Day — and occupied by six rent-stabilized tenants. The tenants are gone, and the house has been given a complete makeover that restored the original details while supplying luxe modern updates.
And the details are pretty terrific, from the wainscoted center staircase and the half-dozen mantles to the crown moldings and the stained glass windows.
It’s laid out as a triplex over a garden rental, with five bedrooms and 3.5 baths in the owner’s unit. It’s got an extensive master bedroom suite with a dressing room and an en-suite bath with radiant floor heating, a marble-topped double vanity, a freestanding tub and a glass-enclosed walk-in shower.
There’s a roof deck with skyline views, plumbing, lighting and speakers; and a lovely kitchen with custom cabinetry, a copper backsplash, a tin ceiling and a six-burner Wolf range. There’s a finished basement, new mechanicals, new plumbing and electric, new windows, a deck and a landscaped garden.
So, there’s a lot, in a prime berth on one of the nabe’s nicest blocks (a “bespoke block,” the listing calls it), in the Bedford Historic District.
Is that worth the ask of $3.5 million, $200K over the current record price for a Bed Stuy townhouse? As it happens, that’s nearly 10 times what the house went for in 2006 ($490,000), and over three times what it went for in 2014, pre-renovation ($1.05 million).
Nadine Adamson and Kelsey Hall of Brown Harris Stevens have the listing. Like it?
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