This Neo-Grec brownstone in Bed Stuy has a high-design renovation with substantial outdoor spaces and contemporary touches that radiate calm hygge intonations. 158 Halsey Street is a circa 1882 row house in the Bedford Historic District with a sharply angled bay, pronounced window surrounds, and incised details.
Inside, an ornate restored marble mantel is set off by new custom constructed minimalist-meets-neo-Victorian details such as window and door surrounds, parquet and crown molding. Previously in use as a four-family, the house has been reconfigured into a triplex over a garden-level one-bedroom.
The modern renovation is by Dahill and Bunce, the team of bank loan officer Adam Dahill and designer Christiaan Bunce, also a custom furniture builder and partner at furniture maker KGBL. The duo have redone several historic Brooklyn townhouses, including 1 Verona Place and 386 Stuyvesant Avenue.
Among the savvy space planning alterations: They added a rear parlor-floor deck and reduced the volume of the third floor to make room for a terrace. The top floor had been originally built with a set back, the designation report says, allowing for another terrace on the fourth floor.
The white marble mantel has exceptional carving around an arched opening. New hardwood floors on the parlor level set off rooms and features such as a kitchen island with inlaid borders. The molding’s fluting, dentils and scrolls recall the exterior surrounds, and two sets of new wood pocket doors on the parlor level are fumed white oak.
The renovated kitchen is a sleek wall of minimalist dark wood cabinets with appliances built into a seamless design. White marble counters top the cabinets and matching island. Beyond the kitchen, a dining room with French doors and sidelights, and a pantry in the rear both open to the deck with steps to the garden.
The house’s many updates also include installation of an energy-efficient electric HVAC system, according to the listing, from by Douglas (Doug) Bowen and Zia O’Hara of Douglas Elliman.
On the third floor, there’s plenty more crown molding in the two bedrooms and office/nursery, and the bathroom has a contemporary tub and two wall-hung sinks, aqua wall tiles, and marble hexagonal floor tiles.
But the stunner perhaps comes last: The top floor has been completely wrapped from floor to ceiling in hand-oiled teak wood. Everything from the French doors and built-in bookshelves to the master bathroom with a custom marble-topped vanity and walk-in closet has a unified aesthetic.
Located on a busy bus route in the Bedford Historic District, 158 Halsey Street is one of a row of nine built circa 1882 by John S. Frost. Records show that it sold for $1.1 million in 2015; it had been in the same family since at least 1981.
Now it’s listed for $3.495 million. Do you think it will get ask?
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