For this weekend’s open house picks, we have four with a mix of updates and original details, including an early 20th century Beverley Square West standalone with coffered ceilings and a wraparound porch asking $2.095 million and a landmarked circa 1864 four-family Italianate brownstone in Fort Greene with crown moldings and marble fireplaces listed for $3.399 million.
At 393 Hicks Street, an updated four-family in Cobble Hill is currently functioning as an investment property, with two-bedroom apartments on each floor, including a garden-level unit. It’s on a corner, so the windows on the side combined with the 25-foot-wide street frontage make for a comfortable 1,000 square foot situation for renters, especially with the updated kitchens and washer/dryers pictured. The brick facade has simple stone lintels, a late 19th century wood canopy with some egg-and-dart details, and new double doors under a transom. It’s asking $3.449 million.
199 Dekalb Avenue is a brownstone in the Fort Greene Historic District built around 1864 by Edward T. Backhouse. The facade is not ornate, but it’s got an arched bracketed cornice and arched lintels, which project out on the parlor level and rest on brackets, as do the window sills. Inside it’s got Italianate details, including unusually ornate crown moldings on the parlor level and two marble fireplaces, but it’s in need of work on the parlor and garden levels. The upper two stories have renovated open plan kitchens with breakfast bars, exposed brick, and replacement wood floors. This one is listed for $3.399 million.
At 284 Stratford Road, we have a huge standalone early 20th century home in a Flatbush micro-nabe Mary Kay Gallagher calls Beverley Square West. Set on a corner, it has a wraparound porch (with some unfortunate alterations) and a two-car garage. Originally a one-family, it was converted to two but currently sports three kitchens — which could pose financing snags. Inside are more unfortunate alterations such as drop ceilings, tile floors, baseboard heating and slab doors, but intact original details include parquet, a beautiful staircase with carved wood details and coffered ceilings. In a somewhat bizarre juxtaposition, a former dining room or library with a coffered ceiling is now a bedroom, which brings to mind the surrealist Luis Buñuel film “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” in which the characters are always sitting down to dinner but never eat — maybe it can be rented out as a film set on the side. It wants $2.095 million.
Finally, at 578 19th Street, a post-war Fedders-style two-family townhouse in Windsor Terrace has two parking spots in front bisected by an imposing brick staircase that provides a private entrance to the upper apartment. It has been recently updated with new appliances, Caeserstone countertops, dishwasher, and mini-split air conditioning. It’s being offered for $1.385 million.
393 Hicks Street
Area: Cobble Hill
Broker: Corcoran (Paul Dawson, Henze Marvin)
Saturday February 16, 2 – 3 pm
199 Dekalb Avenue
Area: Fort Greene
Broker: Compass (Kila Lamadora, Deenie Simpson)
Sunday February 17, 1 – 3 pm
284 Stratford Road
Area: Beverly Square West
Broker: Corcoran (TJ Verdiglione, John Gasdaska)
Sunday February 17, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
578 19th Street
Area: Windsor Terrace
Broker: Compass (Maggie Ross, Franco Rinaldi)
Sunday, February 17, 12:30 – 2 pm
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