A Wood Frame With Greek Revival Marble Mantels and Three More to See, Starting at $1.395 Million

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    With sunny weather in the 70s expected, this weekend should be a pleasant one for house hunting. Our picks for open houses to see include three fairly early specimens, including at least one that appears to date from before the Civil War. Made of brick, wood or stone, they have an interesting mix of historic details, outdoor spaces and modern updates between them, including Greek Revival mantels, a backyard pavilion, and an energy efficient tankless water heater. They are found in Boerum Hill, Park Slope — and two are nearby each other in Bed Stuy. Remember most open houses require an appointment and social distancing precautions to view.

    Likely dating from before the Civil War, this three-story frame house on Pacific Street in Boerum Hill has numerous rare original features combined with modern upgrades. Among the former are wide-plank floor boards, Greek Revival-style dark marble mantels and floor to ceiling windows on the parlor floor, and an original staircase with curving mahogany banister. A modern kitchen in the rear of the parlor floor overlooks the garden through a bank of windows and is open to the dining room. The garden floor of the single-family house has been opened up and made over into a media room. Outdoor space includes a balcony on the top floor, a deck with stairs leading down to the garden off the parlor floor, and a deep garden with patio. The home, which is asking $3.45 million, has four bedrooms, two full bathrooms and central air conditioning.

    In the Park Slope Historic District on 15th Street, this three-story, three-family bow-fronted stone row house is configured with one apartment per floor and appears to be in move-in condition. Built circa 1904 in the Renaissance Revival style, it has carved details and a metal cornice with swags on the exterior. Inside, it has been modernized, and the top floor apartment retains some details, such as decorative plaster on the parlor ceiling. Set up as six rooms over four over two, it also has a finished basement and backyard. It is on the market for $2.95 million.

    In Bed Stuy on Putnam Avenue is a single-family, semi-detached house with a mix of Italianate and modern features on the interior. Among its charms are white marble mantels (including one with a 19th century heating stove in it), an original staircase, a recently renovated kitchen with white subway tile and granite counters, and a rear deck. The house has a large mudroom and entry hall in front, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, an attic, finished cellar and energy efficient tankless water heater. It is priced at $1.475 million.

    Not far away on Lexington Avenue in Bed Stuy is a brick house likely dating from about the same time period as its neighbor. The wooden porch and cornice show some Greek Revival-late Italianate flair. The idiosyncratic interior has been opened up on the main floor and features exposed brick, a reclaimed wood ceiling, and wood lath walls. Historic mantels include an arched Italianate number of carved marble, and a Greek Revival style one that may be wood or stone. The main bathroom, one of two, has been recently remodeled with white subway tile and a modern tub. A new balcony has been built on top of the front porch, and the backyard has a wooden deck and pavilion. It is available for $1.395 million.

    309 pacific street

    309 Pacific Street
    Price: $3.45 million
    Area: Boerum Hill
    Broker: Compass (Barbara Wilding, Jillian Woods)
    Saturday November 7 and Sunday November 8, noon – 1:30 p.m.
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    445 15th street

    445 15th Street
    Price: $2.95 million
    Area: Park Slope
    Broker: Compass (Matthew Kirby-Smith, Scott Klein)
    Sunday November 8, noon – 1:30 p.m.
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    753 Putnam Avenue
    Price: $1.475 million
    Area: Bed Stuy
    Broker: Compass (Ralph Modica, Marc Batista )
    Sunday November 8, noon – 2 p.m.
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    551 lexington avenue

    551 Lexington Avenue
    Price: $1.395 million
    Area: Bed Stuy
    Broker: Engel & Volkers
    Sunday November 8
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