Here’s a grand Renaissance Revival limestone home in the Prospect Lefferts Garden Historic District with a red clay roof, garage and period details galore. The semi-detached corner property at 125 Maple Street, which appears to be in good condition but may need some work, boasts a strong architectural pedigree. Designed in 1909 by prolific Brooklyn architect Axel Hedman, it’s one of a group of houses considered to be his “finest residential row,” Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen has written.
Most striking are the connected grand main rooms with their white-painted columns, neo-Classical woodwork details, and plaster wall moldings detailed with rosettes and panels of floral wallpaper. The 25-foot-wide house also has lovely dark wood millwork and five ornately detailed decorative fireplaces.
A window seat wraps the sunroom’s leaded and stained glass windows. There is also a window seat in one of the bedrooms.
The English basement contains a sprawling “artist’s studio” with natural light if highly visible mechanicals, laundry room, “home gym,” and access to a wine cellar. There’s a small but paved backyard as well as a terrace on the second floor, with entrance from the kitchen.
Speaking of the kitchen: It may require some work, along with the bathrooms, which are not pictured. All of the bedrooms share the top floor, meaning there are nearly two full floors of parlors and living rooms below — some buyers may wish to reconfigure and relocate the kitchen.
The Department of Finance classifies the building as mixed-use (specifically, a one-family over offices), which could complicate financing. Potential buyers should know the Lefferts Manor covenant restricts use to a single family, so adding rental units is not an option. A buyer might want to renovate the office space (located in the English basement and on the first floor, according to the floor plan) or legally change the classification of the house to entirely residential.
The Prospect Park B, Q and S station is a block and a half walk; the Sterling Street 2 and 5 station is four blocks away.
Listed by Corcoran’s Devin Kogel and Christopher Daish, the house is asking $3.98 million. Given the pedigree of the house but possible work needed, do you think they will get their price?
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