The more things change, the more they stay the same: This beguiling early 20th century single-family house belongs to a block of 12 homes in Flatbush that replaced the Stephens Mansion, an imposing circa 1825 Greek Revival confection demolished in 1910 in anticipation of the extension of the subway to Flatbush and Foster Avenue. Fronted by a stoop with a deep porch shaded by a green striped awning that almost matches its striking bracketed cornice, the house also features a second-story rear terrace and a backyard with a brick patio surrounded by grass, vines and plantings.
Built between 1910 when the land was auctioned and 1917 when it shows up on maps, it retains Edwardian details as proof, including a beautiful dining room with paneling, a full wall of cupboards and china cabinets, and new William Morris wallpaper. Other notable features are bay windows, a center hall stair, moldings, and diagonal floors with inlaid borders and knot-patterned corners.
The updated kitchen has a new vintage-style mosaic tile floor, marble counters, an island, and a pantry. A door leads out to a small deck with a short flight of stairs down to the garden.
The upstairs hall has a wall of original built-in cupboards and a stained glass skylight above the stairs. The three bedrooms are spacious; the front one has a bay window, the middle one a Voysey wallpaper (the circa 1926 Apothecary’s Garden), and the rear one a door out to a terrace.
The upstairs bathroom has syncopated tiles and blue mid-20th century fixtures. (The house’s other two bathrooms, a basement toilet and a first-floor powder room, are not pictured.)
The English basement has room for storage and a washer and dryer. Other updates include mini split air conditioning and a new roof.
This one is on the market for $1.2 million, listed by Rebekah Carver with Douglas Elliman, which comes to about $743 per square foot if the listing’s 1,616 square feet is accurate. Is that a good price for a well-preserved single-family in this part of Flatbush?
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