Here’s a prime historical Brooklyn Heights residence — an 1846 Greek Revival in pristine shape and with many an original feature, including columns, many a mantel and rear “tea porches.” It’s in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District at 26 Willow Street, where it stands in a row of four such houses, written up in a Building of the Day feature a few years back.
The write-up called the houses “extremely gracious, with large, airy parlors and well-proportioned stairways and other interior features,” and the photos here back up that assessment.
Generously sized at 22.5 feet wide, the house is set up as a single family, with a garden-level kitchen, four large bedrooms on the upper floors and a double parlor. There’s also a “full, stand up pitched roof attic” that can be put to some purpose or other.
The double parlor is a beaut, with a pair of black marble mantels, plaster crown and ceiling moldings, the aforementioned columns, pocket doors and floor-to-ceiling windows in front. (The floors, sadly, are not original.) There’s a serving pantry in the rear, alongside the tea porch, which offers views of lower Manhattan.
The kitchen and baths are tastefully updated, and the former is especially nice, with a brick hearth, high-end appliances, granite countertops and French doors leading to the brick-patio’d garden. The mechanicals are new, including a gas furnace and central air.
Last sold in 2011 for $3.5 million, it’s now asking more than double that: $7.75 million. Brian Lehner at Brown Harris Stevens has the listing. What do you think of it?
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