Brooklyn houses don’t get any more venerable than this wood-framed Federal at 24 Middagh Street. Most commonly dated to 1824, it’s often cited as the oldest house in the borough; we can’t confirm that, but it’s certainly one of them, gawked at by many a historical walking tour.
“The queen of Brooklyn Heights houses,” the AIA Guide to New York City calls it, lauding its “exquisite Federal doorway with its Ionic colonnettes and the quarter-round attic windows.”
The property actually comprises two houses — a five-bedroom clapboard house and a two-bedroom carriage house connected by a garden wall, with a courtyard in between.
The main house has triple exposures, with a living room, dining room and “country kitchen” on the lower floor. The bedrooms take up a floor and a half above. There are two full baths and two half baths in the main house.
There are several wood-burning fireplaces, including one in the carriage house, and beautiful wide-plank floors abound.
The listing, from Kevin J. Carberry, offers no word on the condition of the house, which appears to have been in the same family for at least several decades. It does say the house is “full of… possibility,” which suggests that its buyer may have some work to do. No kitchens or baths are pictured; what we can see looks to be in fine shape.
The house is asking $7 million; no word on what it went for back in the early 19th century. What do you think it might fetch?
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