Opa! This elaborate 25-foot-wide circa 1848 Greek Revival townhouse in Brooklyn Heights is quite a Balkan celebration, with its five stories, columned parlor level supporting an open 16-foot span, two French doors with muntins and transoms leading to a brick terrace, dentil crown moldings, and doors and windows framed with ear moldings. It has five wood burning fireplaces (that’s a lot!) and central air.
The floors are parquet with a variety of inlaid wood decorative borders. The fifth story is set back, with a rose-covered brick terrace facing Lower Manhattan. The address is 270 Henry Street in coveted Brooklyn Heights, where it is part of the historic district.
It’s got a cornice ornamented by foliate brackets, projecting stone lintels bracketed on the parlor level, and expressive stoop railings with cast iron spiral twist balusters topped with scrolls. In “Old Brooklyn Heights: New York’s First Suburb,” Clay Lancaster mentions the front entry’s handsome surround with its Greek ear detail, fashioned out of brownstone. It’s a bit hard to see in the listing photos and Google Street View but shows up in the PropertyShark images and the 1940s tax photo.
The setup is a seven-bedroom quadraplex over a one-bedroom garden rental. It’s got 5.5 bathrooms that are not shown in the photos.
The kitchen is nicely renovated with custom white cabinets and stainless-steel appliances. The unit has bathrooms on every floor, a laundry on the fourth floor, and an abundance of walk-in closets. The top floor, the one with the terrace with views, has a study or family room plus guest quarters, according to the listing, from Phyllis D. Norton Towers of Brown Harris Stevens.
The garden is a bit wild, a nice feature if you like to be surrounded by foliage. It has a brick patio and brick wall instead of the usual fence, with decorative arches and a lion’s head bas relief.
Like a sprawling Prospect Park South listing from last week, the quadraplex seems like a lot of house to put to work for one family, but again, that’s none of our business.
The garden-floor rental is souped up with one of the wood-burning fireplaces, two bathrooms, its own entrance, laundry, and an additional room in an extension.
Given the condition, location and $7.995 million ask, do you think it will move quickly?
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