In Boerum Hill, this deceptively modest, fully detached pre-Civil War Greek Revival wood-frame house has two floor-through apartments over a duplex and some beguiling qualities. The latter include a 22-foot-wide lot, a large informally landscaped garden, mud room rear addition, original black marble mantels, and a fretwork screen in a generously proportioned kitchen. There’s also a cellar hidden beneath. Somehow it’s all squeezed into what looks like a standard vinyl covered townhouse.
On closer inspection, the window trim and door surround with side lights reflect the Greek Revival’s neo-Classical influence, and the frieze-band windows (a typical Greek Revival feature) beneath the simple bracketed cornice turn out to be adequate for a whole top floor apartment.
In its current configuration, the two floor-throughs share a staircase with the duplex, leaving imperfect privacy for midnight snacks and evening lounging in the garden level kitchen and living room. Access to the garden is through the shared hallway. No bathrooms are pictured or mentioned in the listing, and we see no powder room on the garden level in the floor plans. The kitchen may have asbestos tiles in the ceiling, which is worth asking about but is normally fine if left in place.
The city’s 1940 tax photo indicates 446 State Street once had wooden shutters on the facade, but the rest remains essentially the same, apart from the replacement of the iron railings on the stoop and front gate.
Public documents indicate that it’s had the same owner since 1983. It has a total of 2,816 square feet, according to the listing by Emily Fisher of Stribling & Associates, and the owner is asking for $3.2 million or roughly $1,100 per square foot. The neighborhood is certainly coveted and the place a rare find. Is it worth the ask?
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