Here’s an 1885 Bed Stuy townhouse that could use some updating, but looks to be in fairly good shape with some details and a seemingly reasonable price tag. At 527 Halsey Street in the Bedford Stuyvesant/Expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, it’s a Neo-Grec brick with brownstone appointments and an angled bay with an appealing dogtoothed corner.
The listing supplies the “bring your architect” line, though that may overstate the work needed for a buyer who wants to keep renovations to a minimum, especially if its claim that the house has “impeccable mechanicals” and “excellent bones” is on point. There’s carpeting that ought to come up, a kitchen that could be updated and who knows what else. But from the look of it, one could potentially move in without doing anything too extensive.
Of course, one could also go to town and give it a deluxe makeover. That might well include reconfiguring the house, which at the moment has a top rental and a lower duplex with the bedrooms on the parlor floor.
Some original details remain, including moldings, mantels and the newel post. In an ideal world, there’d be pristine parquet under that carpeting, but the new floors shown elsewhere don’t inspire optimism.
There’s a finished basement, and the listing notes that another 1300 square feet could be added.
Listed by Lois Thompson of Corcoran, the house wants $1.25 million, which unlike many a recent listing doesn’t seem to be shooting for the moon. Like it?
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