Here’s a rare chance to own a piece of one of Brooklyn’s most distinctive rows: a Queen Anne house with exotic terra-cotta ornamentation and other standout features at 53 Linden Street in Bushwick. The ten houses of the row, and the gorgeous anchor house at the corner of Linden and Bushwick Avenue, were built in 1888 and designed by architect Frank Keith Irving.
In a Building of the Day writeup and a post on Irving, Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen lauded the “exceptional houses” and their “great beauty,” calling them “gorgeous examples of Queen Anne row house design, with the use of rough cut stone, warm brick, inventive metal cornices, and stunning examples of terra-cotta trim.”
Sure enough, the house is a stunner, at least from the sidewalk. If you’re looking for similar splendor within, you’ll be disappointed, sadly: the place has been gut renovated, seemingly recently, though a pair of lovely stained glass window transoms still grace the parlor floor living room, and there are a pair of decorative fireplaces.
Most likely a single family in its original form, the house is now a three-family, with a three-bedroom apartment on top, a studio in the front of the garden level, and a two-bedroom duplex that combines the parlor floor and the rear of the garden unit, with access to the backyard.
Listed by Melissa Leifer and Allan Zapadinsky of Keller Williams — who’ll be showing it at a Saturday open house — it’s asking $1.85 million. Records show it last changed hands four years ago, for $630,000, most likely pre-renovation. Interested?
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