This Stuy Heights brownstone has been beautifully renovated, with modern updating alongside original details, and a choice owner’s triplex. It’s on a nice block, as well, at 731 Putnam Avenue, where with its angled front and L-shaped stoop it bookends a row of brownstones on the north side of the street.
It’s listed by Halstead broker Ban Leow — who also happens to be the owner. Leow, who’s sold many a historic townhouse in the neighborhood, bought it in January 2015 (it was a House of the Day six months earlier) and put a fair amount of work in, updating the kitchen and baths and opening up the parlor floor. He plans to downsize into an apartment nearby, he told Brownstoner.
The legal three-family is set up as a two-family, with a triplex over a one-bedroom garden rental. There’s plenty of detail, including original entry and vestibule doors, stained glass, pocket doors, parquet floors, pocket shutters, decorative fireplaces, wainscoting, parquet floors, and a beaut of a pier mirror in the front parlor.
The kitchen is nicely done, with generous cabinet and counter space, composite stone countertops, a Wolf range and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. A door leads out to an oversized wooden deck; the yard below is given over to more decking, with horizontal fencing, wraparound bench seating, and a giant tree in one corner.
There are five bedrooms on the upper floors; four of them amply sized, including a master with an en suite bath (one of 3.5 baths in the triplex), a walk-in closet and a decorative fireplace.
There’s split-unit air conditioning and laundry machines in the basement; the rental has an additional washer and dryer hookup, along with a private outdoor space that sits under the deck.
Co-listed by Howard Ramlal, the house has a price history that mirrors Bed Stuy’s rise. It was bought by an LLC in 2013 for $550,000; Leow paid $1.55 million two years later. Now it’s asking $2.75 million. Worth it?
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