Here’s a modest two-family brownstone in Park Slope that boasts tons of original Neo-Grec detail. Dating back to the 1880s, the house is located on 393 2nd Street and has been with the same family since at least the 1980s.
Currently configured as a one-bedroom rental over an owners duplex, the narrow, 17.5-foot three-story, legal two-family home appears to be in move-in condition.
The original interior door has dentil molding, topped by a lovely stained glass transom. Other period notes throughout the home include hardwood floors, plaster wall moldings, crown moldings, baseboards, shutters and a total of five decorative mantels. There are pocket doors, although they are not visible in listing photos.
In the top-floor rental, there’s a modern, L-shaped kitchen in the rear that has white cupboards and clean lines. The adjacent dining room has a chandelier, fireplace with painted-over stone mantel and a summer cover. The master has a sleeping nook with molding, in addition to crown molding, a fireplace, ceiling medallion and original wood window panels.
There are also three skylights on the top floor, although they are not pictured and don’t appear on the floor plan.
Both bathrooms are renovated. The duplex bath features a square tub, tin ceiling and a window, while the rental’s bath sports an enclosed shower and pedestal sink with patterned tile detailing. There’s no bathroom on the parlor floor, making it suboptimal to contain bedrooms — the only bathroom in the owner’s unit is in a rear extension on the garden level, which is quite far away.
The fact that the home currently has no washer or dryer in either unit might be an issue. The new owner will definitely want to tear up the stained green carpeting in the duplex as well, although what lies beneath remains a mystery — as does the state of the roof and mechanicals.
Another potential issue is the drop ceiling in the lower level parlor which could harbor asbestos. The duplex’s kitchen is “unrenovated,” according to the listing, and not pictured.
The home’s facade has bay windows, a Neo Grec door, window surrounds, an incised ornament, an unusual asymmetrical cornice and original stoop railing. In the cement backyard, the owner will likely want to replace the wire fence covered with a faux-bamboo-type material, but the space is generally quite green despite shallow beds.
The home is less than two blocks from the Old Stone House and Washington Park, not to mention down the block from a church. The Union R station is five-and-a-half blocks away. Halstead Property’s Sandra Sautner has the listing, which is asking $2.979 million. Do you think they will get their price?
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