This circa 1912 standalone Dutch Colonial Revival is one of three in the Midwood Park area developed by Teresa Strong, one of a few “lady developers” of the time, together with her architect husband, Arthur Strong. Its gambrel roof, columned porch, angled second-story bay windows, rough-faced concrete block foundation, wood-shingled facade and grassy strip of a driveway give it a distinctive street presence.
Inside, 645 East 17th Street possesses a ton of intact original Arts and Crafts features, including unpainted woodwork, an arched brick fireplace (probably red brick originally but now painted), a built-in oak dish cupboard in the kitchen (not pictured), and a vintage sink in a windowed closet in a bedroom.
The recently renovated kitchen has new Shaker-style cabinets and a stone countertop with new stainless steel appliances. A back door in the kitchen leads to the backyard, which has a two-tiered patio and a bunch of tall trees. There is parking in the driveway.
Two sets of stairs lead to five bedrooms, two of them inside the angled bays, and one in the loft-style attic with windows and two skylights. The house appears (at least in photos) to be in move-in condition.
645 East 17th Street is in the Fiske Terrace – Midwood Park Historic District, and was built by the Strongs along with its neighbor at 641. It is in the section that would historically have been Midwood Park.
As the historic district designation report notes, it was built at a time when Midwood Park was being developed as a suburban community for New York’s expanding middle class and the house is remarkably intact. The Fiske Terrace Association and the Midwood Park Property Owners Association maintain the planted pedestrian mall on East 17th Street and its impressive row of plane trees.
The listing is being handled by Alexandra Reddish and Madeleine Gallagher for Compass. The house is offered for $1.79 million. Is it a good deal?
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