Four Italianate Houses to See, Some With Ornate Details, Smart Updates, Starting at $1.995 Million

Photo via The Corcoran Group


    Showing this Sunday in Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Williamsburg and Greenwood Heights are four Italianate townhouses, all dating from the mid 19th century. All have original mantels, wood floors and other historic details, along with some updates. They range from two-families to a four-family, and in price from $1.995 to $4.25 million.

    In Cobble Hill, a four-unit, four-story brownstone at 205 Clinton Street has lots of historic details on the interior, if not on the facade. It’s a 25-foot-wide building with backyard garden and patio. The photos show ornate Italianate plaster molding and medallions, an original pier mirror and a mantel mirror, and pilasters straddling pocket doors with stained glass. We also see ornate plaster details and woodwork in the carpeted foyer. The listing notes the house has four original marble mantels, “tin wainscoting” and skylights, plus an attic with additional flexible space for storage or extra living space. It’s listed for $4.25 million.

    Then there’s a renovated brick Italianate-slash-Neo Grec townhouse in Park Slope that is a legal two-family in use as one. It has two sets of staircases, including a spiral in the middle of the parlor floor, and combines attractive modern updates with original features such as marble mantels. The living areas and kitchen are on the open-plan garden floor. A master suite with living room is on the parlor floor. Upstairs are three bedrooms, laundry, and a family room with with a full-wall of cabinets and an entertainment center. Updates include built-in bookshelves and a master bath renovated in the blond-wood Scandanavian style with a glass shower and radiant heated floor. The ask is $2.895 million.

    On the eastern side of Williamsburg (but not in East Williamsburg, as the listing says), an Italianate brick building with a 20th century dogleg stoop on highly trafficked Metropolitan Avenue has at least one beautifully intact room with moldings, faux painted walls, and a carved marble fireplace. The floor plan indicates a two-family home with a third-floor rental above a garden-level duplex. The listing, which includes only one interior photo, touts the property as potential development/addition opportunity based on the lot’s unused floor area. The house is 22 feet wide on a 25-foot-wide lot. The address is 668 Metropolitan and it’s offered at $2.65 million.

    Finally, at 155 17th Street in Greenwood Heights, a two-family brick Italianate townhouse with historic details and modern updates is set up as a rental above a triplex. The photos show original pine or fir wood floors, exposed brick, lots of white painted surfaces, and renovated kitchens and bathrooms in a modern minimalist style. The floor plan has some awkward moments, including a spiral staircase that takes over the center of the lower two floors but doesn’t reach to the third. The backyard is adjacent to highway. The asking price is $1.995 million.

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    205 Clinton Street
    Price: $4.25 million
    Area: Cobble Hill
    Broker: Corcoran (Cara Sadownick, Cheryl Nielsen-Saaf)
    Sunday, November 17, noon – 1:30 p.m.
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    Photo via The Corcoran Group

    526 11th Street
    Price: $2.895 million
    Area: Park Slope
    Broker: Corcoran (Jennifer Wang, Charlie Pigott)
    Sunday, November 17, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
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    668 Metropolitan Avenue
    Price: $2.65 million
    Area: East Williamsburg
    Broker: Corcoran (Evan Church, Chris Cavorti)
    Sunday, November 17, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
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    155 17th street

    155 17th Street
    Price: $1.995 million
    Area: Greenwood Heights
    Broker: Corcoran (Danielle Nazinitsky)
    Sunday, November 17, noon – 1:30 p.m.
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