Here’s a Bed Stuy brownstone with an eye-catching feature: a green metal bump out with a bank of windows on the upper floor, which makes it quite literally stand out from its neighbors. At 809 Halsey Street, this Renaissance Revival house is in estate condition, looking for someone with the budget and fortitude for a complete overhaul.
If you’ve ever walked past that facade and wondered what the house looks like on the inside, well, that still remains a mystery for the most part. The listing offers only two photos, though one is pretty remarkable, showing a stunner of a dining room that’s a study in natural wood, with a coffered ceiling, paneled walls, a tiled wooden mantle and an ornate patterned floor.
It backs up the listing’s claim that the house holds some “exquisite original details,” though what else there might be is still unclear. The other photo — of the staircase — backs up the listing’s assertion that the place is not in move-in shape, and a contractor is going to be called for. And who knows what the rest of it looks like.
As currently configured, the house has a lower duplex and a top-floor rental. The floor plan has some odd quirks to it, including a rear vestibule, a rear extension with side-facing bay windows, and the upstairs bump out mentioned above, which “has its original interior wood details and built-ins,” according to the listing.
Then there’s the bathroom setup in the duplex: none on the upper floor, and no fewer than three (or two and a half) off the ground-floor kitchen.
The place may be best used as a single-family, though the buyer will have options. Either way, Saratoga Square Park is across the street, and the J/M/Z trains at Halsey are two blocks off.
Listed by Teresa Wakabayashi of Corcoran, the house is asking just shy of a million: $998,000. Interested?
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