Here’s a two-story, semi-detached brick house in Flatbush that ought to make a worthy restoration project for someone not afraid to get their hands dirty (or pay someone else to do it). It’s at 2318 Newkirk Avenue, between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street.
It’s got a fine figure of a façade, with upper and lower bracketed cornices, a front porch and a curved window bay. While you’re admiring it you might note the decrepit condition of the cornices, which gives a solid hint that the house hasn’t been slavishly maintained.
The inside looks better, but there’s still going to be no shortage of work to do to whip this place into shape — which may include refiguring. As it stands the house has an apartment on each floor, with bedrooms in the interior spaces, each with a single window looking out at the brick sidewall of the house next door. Opening those spaces up – maybe by making this a single family — could be a good way to go here.
In any case, there’s a decent amount of space to play with – 2,128 square feet, not including the basement. And there’s some original detail, including stained glass, parquet floors and moldings.
Listed by William Higgins of Coldwell Banker, the house is asking $1.045 million. Think they’ll get it, or given the work needed and the location does it seem like a reach?
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