This pretty Romanesque Revival house two blocks from Saratoga Park was built around 1887, old maps show. A two-family located at 519 MacDonough Street in Bed Stuy, it’s configured as a floor-through apartment over a duplex.
The brick house has curb appeal with a big picture window and decorated front door surround, all trimmed with stone. Horizontal bands of stone and a simple neo-Classical cornice provide rhythm. The stone steps and front yard have their original ironwork.
Inside, some original details remain, although there have been a few unfortunate but minor alterations. The bathrooms and kitchens appear clean and serviceable, if not the height of fashion.
Original details include a stained glass transom over the big window in the front parlor, mantels throughout the house, and fanciful toppers on the door and window surrounds in the rear parlor. The front parlor has lost a decorative screen between it and a middle parlor as well as some moldings and a set of pocket doors to the stair hall, but both spaces have their original crown moldings and what looks like original pine floors.
The rear parlor appears largely intact and has its pocket doors and other moldings. The upstairs bedrooms also have a fair amount of detail and look to be in good condition, with mantels, wood floors with inlaid borders and picture railings.
The backyard has chain-link fencing and could use some attention in the form of landscaping.
Listed by Steve Sallion of Avenue Sothebys International Realty, it’s asking $1.495 million. Do you think it will get ask?
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