The wrought iron fence and arched double doors with arched windows and decorative brackets are all the original details left on the exterior of this 1870s Italianate brownstone, but there’s much more on the inside. Details like original mantels, moldings and carved balusters are preserved, despite extensive renovations.
The entrance to 207 President Street delivers you into a tall-ceilinged living room with tin ceilings, arched doorways and ornate chandeliers. The parlor-level kitchen, set in what was once the rear parlor, has an original mantel, exposed plumbing, stainless steel appliances, and open shelving anchored in exposed brick walls. A small deck has stairs to the lush backyard garden.
The house is a narrow one, only 17 foot wide. Yet the parlor floor has a nice open airy feel and its original footprint, thanks to several grand openings between rooms.
The garden-level one-bedroom rental unit is nicely laid out with a mantel in the living room, separate kitchen and 1.5 bathrooms, one of which has aqua blue tiles. The building permits three families, but it’s currently in use as two, consisting of a triplex over the garden floor rental, according to the listing.
The top floor comprises an open-plan studio apartment with its own kitchen. The bedroom floor one level down is set up as a two-bedroom master suite with a dressing room and a bathroom en suite to one of two bedrooms. The latter features exposed wood beams and sliding barn doors.
The bathroom has a stone floor, exposed brick, clawfoot tub and glass enclosed shower. The exposed waste lines in the latter and the kitchen add a modern touch but take the notion to an extreme that may not suit every buyer.
The home appears to have lost its bracketed cornice and ornate lintels in a mid-20th century renovation, going by old tax photos. Purchased for $400,000 in 1997, apparently in an estate sale, it’s now asking $3.45 million. Listed by Lindsay Barrett for Compass in October, it’s moved with Barrett to Douglas Elliman. Think the price will hold up?
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