In Flatbush, a standalone early 20th century Arts and Crafts house with porch and garage possesses a lot of endearing qualities. It seems to have all or most of its original details and appears to be in move-in condition.
Classical columns punctuate large openings between the main rooms on the ground floor, and a dining room is a showpiece of the era, with a huge built-in china cabinet, coffered ceiling, wood paneling, and stained and leaded glass. In the stair hall is a brick fireplace piped with gas surmounted by a flowery stained glass window.
The staircase’s square newel post is typical of the era, and other original details throughout the house include door and window trim, bordered parquet floors and picture railings.
The dining room might be a touch on the narrow side — the buffet protrudes into the room, and the dining table is pushed against one wall in the photos — but it’s long enough to have room for a breakfast table in the bay window on the other end. The kitchen is updated and in keeping with the style of the house, with Shaker style cabinets, a dark counter that might be Richlite or soapstone, and a built-in baking center or butler’s buffet with light-colored stone counter under the hinged stained glass pass-through door to the dining room.
Upstairs are two bedrooms in what seems to be excellent original condition, five closets and two bathrooms. Both gently updated in keeping with the style of the house, one with black and white tile and a shower, the other with square tile in shades of cream and honey and an Art Deco bathtub.
On the top floor is another bedroom along with an attic for storage. There’s also room in the cellar for storage, exercise equipment, and a washer and dryer.
In the rear of the house is a large wooden deck and landscaped garden filled with trees, plantings and containers.
We can’t find definitive information on the date of construction, but the house appears on a 1917 map, and the Department of Buildings shows a new building action for 1919, which is likely the garage.
It may be worth noting that on the other side of the block is busy Flatbush Avenue, and a laundromat and church directly behind the house, with potential for noise. Next door is a large empty lot that hasn’t changed hands recently, which might bring unwanted or unsympathetic development — including of this house.
Asking $1.675 million, it’s being shown by Hal Lehrman for Brooklyn Properties. Does it have what it takes?
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