Historic Townhouses With Original Details and Improved Kitchens to See, Starting at $1.7 Million

Photo via The Corcoran Group


    This fall weekend brings a gander at four townhouses abounding in historic decorative detail, mostly updated a few years ago but ostensibly in good condition. The most expensive of the quartet is in Carroll Gardens, and they go as low as $1.7 million for a limestone in Bed Stuy.

    At 85 4th Place in Carroll Gardens, a four-story, four-family brick townhouse with a gray painted facade, bright red front door and cast iron railings is showing in a Sunday open house. Divided into four floor-through units, it has high ceilings, original ear moldings, new floors, a kitchen with vintage-style black-and-white hex tile floors, and large front and rear yards. It’s been owned by the same family since the 1980s, according to public documents, and is asking $3.6 million.

    Then in Park Slope at 431 8th Street, a three-story single-family Neo-Grec brownstone has particularly impressive features. The exterior has pronounced door and window hoods with incised detail as well as bold cast-iron railings and newel posts, painted to match the cornice and double front doors. The front garden is paved with brick. Inside are tall ceilings, plaster details, handsome carved marble mantels and an original marble sink in a bedroom niche. The mantel in the rear parlor, a circa 1900 addition, is glorious with its zebra-striped wood, neo-Classical columns, green tile surround and floriate carvings. It appears to have last changed hands in 1995 for $350,000. The asking price today is $2.89 million.

    Next at 163 Maple Street in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a 1909 Axel Hedman-designed limestone number rife with stately ornament, starting with the bowed facade with carved detail and a pronounced cornice. Filled with beautiful woodwork, parquet and elegant plasterwork, the first floor is flowing and open. The dining room has a coffered ceiling, wainscoting and an impressive mantel. The kitchen is large and nicely updated, although perhaps not particularly recently. The bathroom pictured is also nicely renovated with a classic black and white scheme and a marble console sink. Located in the Lefferts Manor Historic District, it’s a single family with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. There is a nicely landscaped backyard with bluestone terrace and laundry and a rec room in the basement. Purchased for $1.755 million in 2014, it’s now priced at $2.2 million.

    Last but not least, at 600 Macdonough Street in Bed Stuy is a Romanesque Revival limestone townhouse set up as a triplex over a garden rental. The facade has arched windows with keystones, a dogleg stoop and an extensive cornice wrapping around the fourth-floor windows. On the interior are abundant ornate features, such as a pier mirror in the living room with pilasters and columns, crown molding, and mantels with columns and shelves. The parlor level has a deck with access to the garden through a modern kitchen tucked into the rear parlor. It last sold in 2001 for $270,000, and now it’s on the market for $1.7 million.

    carroll gardens

    85 4th Place
    Price: $3.6 million
    Area: Carroll Gardens
    Broker: Compass (Maryanne Farrell, Melissa Sheehy)
    Sunday October 20, 11:30 am – 1 pm
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    431 8th street

    431 8th Street
    Price: $2.89 million
    Area: Park Slope
    Broker: Corcoran (Andrea Yarrington, Bill Yarrington)
    Sunday October 20, 1 – 3 pm
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    163 Maple Street
    Price: $2.2 million
    Area: Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
    Broker: Douglas Elliman (John Mazurek, Renata Thomas)
    Sunday October 20, 1 – 2:30 pm
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    600 macdonough

    600 Macdonough Street
    Price: $1.7 million
    Area: Bed Stuy
    Broker: Brown Harris Stevens (Lee Solomon, Alex Weider)
    Sunday October 20, 1 – 3 pm
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