Clinton Hill Historic District’s Oldest Homes, a Well-Preserved Pair of Greek Revivals, Ask $4.4 Million

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In Clinton Hill, a pair of extraordinarily well-preserved Greek Revival wood-frame houses with lovely original details are being sold as a set, but can also be bought separately. Built circa 1840 according to the designation report, they are the oldest homes in the Clinton Hill Historic District.

The properties “have served as the homes to poets, performers and Civil War heroes,” according to the listing, but if true, it’s a detail not mentioned in the designation report.

Both four stories and unusually wide at 25 feet, the houses have similar facades, with six-over-six windows, brick ground floors, grey clapboard siding and stoops with street-facing doors underneath. (The latter are reminiscent of but taller than the famed “hobbit” doors of Carroll Gardens’ Dennett Place.)

The gray clapboard looks like it might be original, and No. 450 has an old cornice, window surrounds capped with dentil molding, and a door surround consisting of a frieze over two columns. No. 450 has lost these details, if it had them, and instead has what might be an original wooden canopy over a slightly later double door.

Both homes have English basements and impressive original wide-plank floorboards. There are also original doors, built-ins, and cupboards next to fireplaces in both houses.


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No. 448 is configured as a single-family, and has five fireplaces with marble and wood mantels, etched glass and pocket doors, crown moldings and a cast iron stove in a brick kitchen worthy of a period film set. There are built-in cabinets in the parlor, an open room on the top floor that serve as a family room, and five bedrooms.

No. 450, which has a two-story rear addition, comprises three units: two one-bedrooms and a two-bedroom sandwiched between them. Original details include crown moldings and a white marble mantel.

Both the backyards share a natural, un-landscaped feel as well as a gate and picket fence. One has a brick patio in addition to plantings. No bathrooms for either property are pictured.

The homes are 2.5 blocks from both the Clinton-Washington Avenue C train and the Clinton-Washington Avenue G train and are across the street from elementary school P.S. 11.

Corcoran’s Heather McMaster, Ariane Dembs and Emily Shepodd have the listings. The houses are asking $4.4 million for the pair or $2.3 million for No. 450 and $2.1 for No. 448. How do you like them?

[Listing: 448 and 450 Waverly Avenue | Broker: Corcoran] GMAP

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