Here’s a unique brownstone that sticks out, literally, with a teal blue metal bump out with a bank of windows on the upper floor. Located at 809 Halsey Street in Bed Stuy, this Renaissance Revival house is in move-in condition with modern updates.
It wasn’t always this way. Last time Brownstoner reported the house was on the market was back in December 2017, when it was in estate condition and looking for someone with the budget for a complete overhaul. It changed hands this March for $1.23 million and is now on the market once again with a new renovation, listed by well known Brooklyn flipper Massada.
Newly configured as an owner’s duplex over a garden rental, the home mercifully has all the original details visible in previous listing photos still intact. There’s a combination of new and original floors throughout, the interior front doors might be original—the hardware is, at least—and the curved banister on the staircase is certainly original and remarkable to boot.
The open plan parlor level has a front living room with original window surrounds, a rear galley kitchen with inset lighting and two-level eat-in island, and back bedroom with a bump out.
The distinctive bump out used to be green, but has recently been painted and looks to have been repaired. The top floor interior is as exceptional as its exterior, with millwork panels, a built-in wrap-around wood bench and matching sconces in the master bedroom. It not only extends the room, but brings in plenty of natural light from three exposures. The en suite bathroom has a dual vanity and tub with partial glass enclosure.
Two more bedrooms can be found on this floor, one with an original mantel and moldings and the other leading to a new deck.
On the garden level, the front room is a study in natural wood, with paneled walls, tiled wooden mantel, coffered ceiling and ornately patterned floor all intact. In the back is a common area, which has a strip kitchen and washer/dryer, and another bedroom that has a door to the backyard.
The only other pictured bathroom, likely on the garden floor—there is no updated floor plan available—has a grey-brown patterned tile floor and glassed-in stand-up shower.
Two blocks away from the Halsey Street J/Z station and across the street from Saratoga Park, the house is also on a major bus route. Massada’s Dani Ohayon has the listing, which is asking $2.149 million. What do you think?
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