Here’s a chance to own a remarkable house and a piece of Brooklyn history. It’s the Federal clapboard frame house at 24 Middagh Street that’s regularly cited as the oldest house in Brooklyn Heights, dating back to the early 19th century — circa 1829 by many an estimate.
It’s fabled enough that its listing could feature pull quotes like those used in movie ads: “The queen of Brooklyn Heights houses!” (AIA Guide to New York City). “One of the best reminders of the early days of Brooklyn Heights!” (Brooklyn Historical Society).
The house isn’t new to the market, exactly. In the same family for over 50 years, it went up for sale at $7 million in 2016, when we featured it as a House of the Day. After a hiatus, it’s back on the market with a new broker, a significantly reduced price and new photos and a floorplan.
It’s actually two structures, a four-story main house with five bedrooms and a rear two-story, two-bedroom carriage house, divided by a walled courtyard with a bluestone patio. The carriage house has a small kitchen and can serve as a rental, accessible via a door along the courtyard wall.
The exterior of the front house features dormer windows, quarter-round attic windows on the side and a front door flanked by Ionic colonnettes. Within there’s much that seems original, including five fireplaces with wooden mantels, moldings, woodwork and beautiful wide-plank pine floors.
The next owner will no doubt do some updating, but hopefully it’ll be someone who appreciates the house’s history and treads lightly.
Listed by Corcoran brokers Jessica Buchman and Bryan Rettaliata, the house is asking $4.995 million. Let’s hear your thoughts.
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