Up for consideration today is an early 20th century home in Midwood whose striking facade puts us in mind of a gingerbread cottage. If there was any doubt whether the fanciful brick work at 2022 East 27th Street was original or the whim of an “artistic” homeowner, the pattern is repeated two doors down.
Entrances from separate porches, both with sharply pointed door hoods whose undulating white trim suggests snow or icing, serve two distinct dwellings, and a private driveway leads to a garage in the rear.
Inside, it hasn’t been renovated in some time, and most of the house’s original features are well preserved. These including low wainscoting, stained glass, and an original kitchen. The photos also show attractive parquet and hardwood floors, and there is likely more beneath the wall-to-wall carpet.
The two floor-through apartments are spacious, apparently each with a living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast nook, two bedrooms and one bath. (The listing says there are three bedrooms and six rooms total in each apartment.)
The living and dining rooms are open to each other via a wide doorway. The top-floor kitchen is particularly quaint, with original glossy yellow subway tile and to-the-ceiling cabinets with a scalloped edge detail. While the first-floor kitchen has updated cupboards and stone counters, it too has its original glossy yellow tile work, all seemingly in excellent condition.
A vintage bath with maroon tile and turquoise green fixtures may fix up nicely. Several rooms in the semi-basement with baseboard heat instead of radiators also appear to belong to one of the units, presumably the first floor one.
The standalone house has windows on all four sides, and the windows are new, according to the listing.
The house and its two neighbors date from circa 1930 to 1933, and bear a close resemblance to a group of houses in Canarsie that Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen has covered.
If the bones are indeed in good enough condition, it may well be a nice find, depending on how the price compares with similar housing in the neighborhood. It’s listed by Charles A. Fabbella of Ben Bay Realty Co. of Bay Ridge and is asking $1.788 million. Does that sound about right for the location?
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