Here’s a Prospect Lefferts Gardens townhouse that’s been in the same family for six decades, with its original details intact, including chandeliers. Designed in 1899 by George Lawton for developer William A. A. Brown, it’s at 120 Midwood Street, in the Prospect Lefferts Garden Historic District.
The house needs work, though it’s hard to get a handle on exactly how much. Some spaces look to be in good shape, others less so; the listing calls it “estate condition.”
A need for a new kitchen and updated baths is a safe bet. Most of the mechanicals have been upgraded over the last few years though, including the boiler, hot water heater and roof.
In any case, details include a pier mirror, parquet floors, five fireplaces, pocket doors, stained glass, fretwork (painted green, sadly), wainscoting, moldings, the aforementioned chandeliers, and a pass-through dressing room with marble sinks.
There are three bedrooms on the top floor, one extra large, one extra small; on the garden level is the kitchen, a dining room, a laundry room and a small room marked on the floor plan as a bedroom. In between is a double parlor with a sunroom extension in the rear that must be pretty nice this time of year.
One point of interest: The listing claims a 100-year-old lilac bush in the in the garden. Not sure how they determined that, but if true it’s practically an original detail in an unlikely locale.
Listed by Angie Chait of Douglas Elliman, the brick house — which will be on view at an open house Sunday (and until 1 p.m. today, should you have the ability to beam yourself there) — is asking $1.699 million. Like what you see?
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