Double Duplex in Brooklyn Heights With Four Working Fireplaces, Central Air Asks $4.995 Million

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This Italianate row house in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District at 31 Cranberry Street has a top-of-the-line renovation that’s not particularly recent, comforts such as central air, and a traditional look but not a lot of actual historic detail (or at least it’s not pictured).

It’s built in a style old-house geeks may know as Anglo-Italianate on account of its short stoop and curved window and door surrounds. The charming red brick exterior with brownstone details appears to be in excellent shape.

A tad narrow at 18 feet wide, the house is configured as a double duplex. Inside, there are four working fireplaces, scenic wallpaper and built-ins.

The garden floor is open plan, with space for dining, a kitchen and living room. It features several banks of cupboards, wide plank floors, a huge white-enamel Viking stove with six burners and two ovens, and a big cozy mid-20th-century-style brick fireplace.

A bank of doors lead out to a bluestone patio and terraced backyard. Stairs and a deck lead up to the parlor level, where three bedrooms are located.

The one bedroom pictured, the master bedroom, is traditional in style with a new floor, new stone mantel whose lines echo those of the exterior trim, paneling and moldings.


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The upper duplex has its own entrance through the front door on the parlor floor. Like the duplex below, it has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. According to the listing (there are no photos of the upper duplex) it has crown moldings, wood floors and another wood-burning fireplace.

The home is 3,000 square feet, according to PropertyShark, and goes back 42 feet on a roughly 75-foot deep lot.

The owners have been in the house since 1988, according to public records. In 2010 they sold the neighboring lot at 27 Cranberry Street to a developer. Landmarks approved the design of the proposed building on that lot in 2011 after asking for changes. Now there is a stop work order on the property. Construction might be a concern if that project gets up and going again.

The house is listed by Brian Lehner at Brown Harris Stevens and the owners are asking $4.995 million. What do you think?

[Listing: 31 Cranberry Street | Broker: Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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