This recently renovated circa 1920s Tudor home would be unremarkable in any streetcar suburb but strikes an exotic note in Brooklyn, where simply having windows on all sides is surprising. Located at 493 East 23rd Street, the 2,000-square-foot-plus standalone house fills most of its lot, leaving room for two petite gardens in the front and rear.
The English bond-style brick work on the ground floor, exposed timbers on the second floor, and steep gabled roof are right out of the Sears catalog homes of that era, with consumer-friendly single-family homes offering a relief from crowded late 19th century tenements. It’s got a separate parlor, living room, and dining room on the ground floor, and four bedrooms and seven closets above.
The interior fairly gleams in the photos, with freshly painted white walls, refinished parquet floors with decorative borders, and newly installed wood windows. Conveniently (and unusually) the entry vestibule has a closet. In the parlor — set up as a traditional English hall — is the staircase and a big white-painted brick fireplace, which is both working and wood burning, according to the listing.
The spacious renovated kitchen has spotless white cabinets that reach all the way to the ceiling, a diagonal wood floor and stainless steel appliances. The wood counters are a refreshing and period appropriate choice.
The white-tiled bathroom looks like a sauna with its wood cabinet and blue and gray patterned cement tile floor. The ground floor powder room may stick out like a sore thumb in the living room, however, based on the floor plan, and there’s no central air.
There’s a new washer and dryer in the basement as well, and a small grassy garden down concrete steps behind the kitchen.
The location is in Flatbush, slightly north of Brooklyn College and a few blocks east of Ditmas Park, according to Mary Kay Gallagher’s map, and we surmise from DOB records and 1920 and 1921 real estate ads for nearby houses that this one can safely be assumed to be built around that time.
It last was on the market in 2014, when it sold for $555,000, says PropertyShark. It’s now being shown by Rebekah Carver of Douglas Elliman, asking $1.499 million.
Take a look during the open houses on Valentine’s Day from noon to 2 p.m. and on Sunday, February 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Hunting for English country-style living in Flatbush?
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