Romanesque Revival in Park Slope and Three More to See This Weekend, Starting at $850K


    You may be thinking at this moment, I vow to never go outside again. But we are assured that by Sunday, these open houses will present every opportunity to luxuriate in the open air again. Meanwhile, these four are mostly move-in ready, possessing a mix of original details and updates, though the last might be best for someone looking to do an extensive renovation, notwithstanding appealing features such as a side driveway. Ranging from a likely early 20th century red-brick two-family townhouse in Crown Heights asking $850,000 to a decked out late Romanesque Revival two-family in the Park Slope Historic District seeking $4.25 million, there’s plenty to debate out there.

    Speaking of that Romanesque Revival row house, it’s a triplex over garden rental with five mantels with jaw-dropping columns and craftsmanship. Both kitchens are renovated with high-end gear, and it has a third-floor front room decked out with built-ins for a casual office. The three-sided bay is fitted on the inside with spacious living rooms on the lower two floors. The designation report says 597 6th Avenue is one of eight constructed by builder John A. Bliss and architect A. E. White, who essentially threw the whole bag of tricks at this row. The eclectic yellow brick facade with limestone trim may come off as a little bit trop with its splayed rock-faced flat arches, elaborately enframed stained glass window, arched windows with stone transom bar at the top floors, flowery roof cornice, and columns at each side of the entrance below console brackets and foliate entablature. With altogether six bedrooms and four bedrooms, it’s asking for $4.25 million.

    Meanwhile in Bed Stuy, 404 Jefferson Avenue is a four-bedroom duplex with deck over a two-bedroom garden rental that has a backroom office facing the presumably bucolic garden. It’s got lots of details to discover but no readily available information about the building’s history, being not quite a block outside of the current boundaries of the Bed Stuy Historic District and not quite in the expansion either. It’s priced at $1.875 million.

    Likewise for a two-family three-story brownstone at 843 Lafayette Avenue near the Bushwick boundary of Bed Stuy, with similar historic details on the facade. It’s got a large one-bedroom over a three-bedroom duplex with lots of trim and moldings, parquet in the upper living room and bedrooms, and relatively modern kitchens and bathrooms. The backyard is rather underutilized, capped in concrete with a good size extension. It’s asking $1.4 million.

    Finally, 1478 Prospect Place is a cute brick townhouse 21 feet wide on a 29-foot-wide lot with a driveway and parking on the side. It appears to be early 20th century brick, although the width, size of lot, and configuration of the row of four (two pairs of two) suggest the house could be earlier than 20th century. Old maps show it is not, but it appears to have once had a stable on the lot in 1904 going back to at least 1898, and scattered wood frames before that, all of which might explain the unusual dimensions. At any rate it was there in 1940. It’s likely a gut job good for an architect or someone looking to do an extensive renovation — unless there are some early 20th century features hiding under paneling. Its location in Crown Heights around the corner from the Weeksville Heritage Center makes it worth looking into. It’s listed for $850,000.

    597 6th street

    597 6th Street
    Price: $4,250,000
    Area: Park Slope
    Broker: Corcoran (Jackie Torren, Charlie Pigott)
    Sunday February 3, 2 – 4 pm
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    404 jefferson avenue

    404 Jefferson Avenue
    Price: $1,875,000
    Area: Bed Stuy
    Broker: Compass (Maria Ryan, Libby Ryan)
    Sunday February 3, 12 – 1:30 pm
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    843 lafayette avenue

    843 Lafayette Avenue
    Price: $1,400,000
    Area: Bed Stuy
    Broker: Warren Lewis Sothebys International Realty (Arthur Hunt, Anna Szeto)
    Sunday February 3, 12 – 1:30 pm
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    1478 prospect place

    1478 Prospect Place
    Price: $850,000
    Area: Crown Heights
    Broker: Halstead (Helen Alexandra Como Saghir, Tyson Lewis)
    Sunday February 3, 4 – 5 pm
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