Houses With Lush Historic Details and Extra Spaces, Including a Garage, to See This Weekend


    This Mother’s Day weekend, we have a selection of open houses to see — or, potentially, very special Mother’s Day gifts — for the savvy historical preservationist with creative space-planning ideas. They start at $1.15 million and include an embellished Italianate in Brooklyn Heights with four floor-throughs over a doctor’s office, an updated two-family Italianate in Fort Greene close to the park, an ornate corner limestone in Prospect Park South with a wide top-floor room once used as a ballroom, and a sweet little brick Neo-Grec townhouse in Bed Stuy. Most of them are having open houses on Saturday or are offering a second option.

    First, at 25 Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn Heights, a very grand late Italianate with huge proportions and ravishing details would have once been quite an affair in its original form as a high society mansion, with its extravagantly embellished frieze below the heavily bracketed door hood and moldings and marble mantels that follow suit. Check out that round bull’s-eye skylight! It’s currently a commercial property consisting of four floor-through apartments with two bedrooms and a bathroom each over a doctor’s office, and it’s looking for $5.8 million.

    Then at 190 Clermont Avenue in Fort Greene, a pretty Italianate is a four-story two-family with modern updates and historic details. Its backyard sits astride a somewhat imposing neighboring property’s wall, giving it somewhat of a courtyard feeling, and the exposed brick and purple bathroom won’t appeal to every buyer, but the figurative keystones on the marble mantels and rounded double doors look to be worth a visit. It’s priced at $3.3 million.

    At 53 St. Pauls Place just south of Prospect Park, a neo-Renaissance two-family three-story limestone with a wide rounded bay is on a corner lot and includes a garage and two sets of stairs. For all of the listed 4,370 square feet, it has a rather pinched kitchen stuck in the back corner of the the ground level and another kitchenette on the top floor. According to the listing, the wide room on the top floor ID’d as a den/office in the floor plan once served as a ballroom. The stained glass, leaded windows, and wood-filled dining room are something to see. It’s listed at $2.5 million.

    Finally, at 812 Quincy Street in Bed Stuy, there’s a sweet little brick Neo-Grec townhouse that lost its crown moldings but has beautiful original floors, mantels and woodwork. The kitchens and baths are nicely updated, and it looks move-in ready. It’s asking $1.15 million.

    25 Schermerhorn Street
    Price: $5.8 million
    Area: Brooklyn Heights
    Broker: Compass (Lucy Perry, Kim Soule)
    Saturday, May 11, noon – 1:30 p.m.
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    190 Clermont Avenue
    Price: $3.3 million
    Area: Fort Greene (Gail Bomze, Susan Hirschorn)
    Broker: Compass
    Saturday, May 11, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
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    53 Saint Pauls Place
    Price: $2.5 million
    Area: Prospect Park South
    Broker: Halstead (Dina Foster-Osbourne)
    Saturday, May 11, 1 – 3 p.m.
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    812 Quincy Street
    Price: $1.15 million
    Area: Bed Stuy
    Broker: Compass (Orrie King, Beth Doran)
    Sunday May 12, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
    Tuesday May 14, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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