Here’s a luxurious 1920 brick two-family in Crown Heights with a large footprint, a garage and some prime original details within, including vintage baths and kitchens. It occupies a corner spot at 279 Buffalo Avenue at Lincoln Place, in the Weeksville section on the neighborhood’s eastern end.
The house maintains a unit on each floor, and with the building measuring 22.5 by 69 feet, that means they’re pretty large units, around 1,500 square feet apiece. The light is good too, with the corner space allowing for triple exposures.
Each floor has three bedrooms, and there are a few bonus spaces, including a sunroom at the rear of each unit and a second room off the upstairs front bedroom, which could be a nursery or an office (or the wall could come down to make a palatial master bedroom).
Condition looks good, and there are some choice details, including coffered ceilings, moldings, stained glass and inlaid herringbone floors. There’s a front porch with a roll-down awning, at least one vintage bathroom with original-looking tub and subway tiles (the others aren’t pictured) and cabinetry in one of the kitchens that’s said to be original, and in what looks to be decent shape.
There’s a time capsule of a finished basement with a vintage checked linoleum floor and trompe l’oeil painted molding details, which could use some sprucing up; it has a separate entrance, a laundry room and a connection to the rear two-car garage. With said garage there’s no rear yard, but the front porch offers some consolation.
The house last changed hands in 2013 for $600,000, and seems to have been well maintained over the years. Recent work includes updated electric and a new hot water heater and boiler.
Listed by Judith Lief and Michael Tannen of Corcoran, it’s now asking $1.7 million. Which sounds high for the area, though the place has a fair amount to offer. What do you think?
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