This Greek Revival would-be brownstone belongs to a row of five built around 1850-55 within the Boerum Hill Historic District. Its parlor level has outstanding details like original black marble mantels, foliate crown moldings and ear moldings around the doors and windows.
From what we gather from the historic district designation report, 395 Pacific Street likely would have been built of brick and later stuccoed to give it the current brownstone appearance. Ornate wrought iron gates link the five homes together on the sidewalk level. If the Google Maps image is up to date, No. 395 has a cute little flowering tree, but the house at 397 puts the whole row to shame with its Bauhaus waveform topiary.
Set up as owner’s triplex over a floor-through rental on the garden level, the home has been in same family since 1985 — purchased at the time for a tidy $145,000. The rental apartment looks to be in good condition, although not as rich in detail as the parlor floor.
While not freshly renovated, the owner’s l-shaped kitchen is luxurious, with extensive granite counters, pecan-colored wood cabinets, and a window over the sink overlooking the backyard. The room leads out onto a deck with steps down to the garden.
Only one bedroom is shown, on the top floor, and it’s plain but neat. The wall-to-wall carpet in the hall could perhaps use an update.
The house is listed by James Kerby at Douglas Elliman. Is it worth all of the $3.995 asking price without work?
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