This Bed Stuy brownstone has been exquisitely renovated and offers a lot of lovely Victorian details alongside some interesting and unusual updates. An 1890 Queen Anne with a faux-mansard roof, arched windows and rusticated stone facade, it sits at 575 Macon Street.
We featured this one as a House of the Day last year, though the listing at the time offered only a few glimpses of the interior. This time around there’s a lot more to see, and it’s gawk-worthy — enough, in fact, to have merited a writeup in Architectural Digest, which calls it “irreverent and refined,” among other things.
From there we learn that it’s owned by a curator and an artist, who called in designer Adam Charlap Hyman of the architecture and design firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero to revamp the house.
A good place to start is the kitchen, which sits on the garden level of the four-story house, currently configured as a one-family. It makes us think of an amalgam of a Newport mansion, the Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan and the interior of a Soviet space station.
Actually, those things never would have occurred to us — we’re taking that straight from Architectural Digest — but it’s certainly an interesting one, serene, austere and built around a vintage powder-blue Chambers stove. There’s a radiant heated cork-tile floor, a tri-fold door leading to the backyard, and a row of dark wood cabinets with door plates and knobs as the handles.
The master bath is another interesting space, and quite a lovely one. It’s a big wet room with a freestanding tub, a large skylight and a radiant-heated hexagonal-tile floor that — again, we’re pulling from AD — “was inspired by Cy Twombly’s Rome apartment.”
Another bathroom is done up in shiny blue tile and a Deco-style tub, with a wall of doors that hide a washer/dryer and a laundry sink.
As noted, there’s detail galore, including pristine woodwork, stained glass, seven mantels with colorful original tile and plaster detailing. (Which, according to AD, was cleaned “yet left broken or cracked to evoke the idea of ruin.”)
There are new mechanicals, with forced air heat and central air conditioning — which utilizes the defunct gas lines for the mantels, a clever touch.
So, it’s a gem of a house, and the location is good to boot, near the train and the shops and restaurants of Stuy Heights and Malcolm X Boulevard. It went into contract last December, but the sale didn’t close and now it’s back, listed by Michael Bolla of Sotheby’s.
The ask is the same: $2.3 million. Your thoughts?
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