Extravagant Park Slope Limestone With Gilding and Three More to See, Starting at $1.099 Million

Photo via The Corcoran Group


    This weekend’s open house picks are four 19th century townhouses, all with notable historical details. The most ornate is also the most highly priced, reflecting its location in Park Slope. They range in price from $1.099 million to $4.995 million, and are also found in Clinton Hill, Bed Stuy and Bushwick.

    An ornate four-story barrel-fronted Renaissance Revival limestone townhouse in Park Slope has a rarely exceeded surfeit of historical detail that doesn’t stop at gilded–or more likely gold-painted — wainscoting. Among its elaborate features: neo-Classical pillars and pilasters between the front parlors, carved mantels with Corinthian pilasters and tile surrounds, stained glass, a coffered dining room with a bracketed stained glass skylight and ornamental bordered parquet, vintage-style wallpaper, and stained glass fanlights into a butler’s pantry that includes a dumbwaiter. A garden-level eat-in kitchen in an extension is updated with white cabinets topped with stone counters, stainless steel appliances, and an island. The details continue on the upper floors, with more mantels and crown molding. The address is 793 Carroll Street and the asking price is $4.995 million.

    Another well-ornamented place showing this Sunday is an Italianate brownstone built in 1876 on a coveted block in the Clinton Hill Historic District. The interior’s detailing is foreshadowed in the doorway pediment’s expressive acanthus leave pilasters, arched double entry doors, projecting window surrounds, and the sneaking in of the Neo-Grec in the corbels at the bottom of the fluted sides, per the designation report. The house features grand arched doorways, bordered parquet floors, and elaborate ceilings. The parlor floor mantels, circa 1890s updates, are wood with tile and neo neo-Classical pillars. In the rear of the parlor floor is an open plan kitchen with an island and wood cabinets topped with stone counters, stainless appliances, and built-in display shelves and cabinets astride the mantel. Upstairs, we see Italianate marble mantels, tin ceilings, hardwood floors, and wood shuttered windows. Located at 8 Saint James Place, the townhouse is configured as a triplex over a garden-floor rental, and it’s asking $3.2 million.

    Moving on to a brick Italianate in Bed Stuy with curvy lines, eyebrow lintels, acanthus-leaf adorned brackets on the cornice, and vernacular awnings over the doorway and front patio, 426 Hart Street is a three-story home that appears to be a legal two-family, though the floor plan and photos seem to show three kitchens. Nonetheless, it appears to be in move-in condition, with room for improvements –the kitchens and bathrooms are not recent–and the listing even mentions building out the FAR. Original details include the marble Italianate mantels, picture railings, and plaster details. The offering price here is $1.149 million.

    Finally, a townhouse in Bushwick with a very altered facade and interior nonetheless has plenty of original details inside such as fretwork screens, arched windows with stained glass (that sadly get no light because they are covered with siding), a pier mirror in the foyer, carved newel post, ornate crown molding and tin ceilings. The layout is a third-floor two-bedroom rental over a duplex, with a cellar containing a laundry room and extra storage. The kitchens are both updated, not necessarily recently, but appear to be in good condition. The address is 228 Covert Street, with a price tag of $1.099 million.

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    Photo via The Corcoran Group

    793 Carroll Street
    Price: $4.995 million
    Area: Park Slope
    Broker: Corcoran (Nathalie Roy, Charlie Pigott)
    Sunday, November 24, 11:30 am – 1 pm
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    Photo via The Corcoran Group

    8 Saint James Place
    Price: $3.2 million
    Area: Clinton Hill
    Broker: Corcoran (Emma James)
    Sunday, November 24, 12 – 1:30 pm
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    426 Hart Street
    Price: $1,149,500
    Area: Bushwick
    Broker: Halstead (Harlan Simon, John Caraccioli)
    Sunday, November 24, 1 – 2:30 pm
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    228 Covert Street
    Price: $1.099 million
    Area: Bushwick
    Broker: Compass (Caterina Peters)
    Sunday, November 24, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
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