Open Houses With Fanciful Details to See This Weekend, Starting at $1.855 Million


    This Sunday’s open houses include a quartet of historic homes fabricated of brick and brownstone. They feature some special design elements of yesteryear with glimpses of the Italianate and Renaissance Revival alongside mostly modernized kitchens and bathrooms.

    They include a white-painted brownstone in Bed Stuy, a huge standalone home in Beverley Square West with a two-car garage, an Italianate brownstone in Crown Heights designed by noted 19th century architect Amzi Hill, and a Renaissance Revival brick townhouse with brownstone trim with an unusual amount of detail for Sunset Park, ranging in price from $1.599 to $2.55 million.

    Configured as a triplex over a garden rental in Bed Stuy, 639 Macon Street has a gleaming white painted brownstone facade with rusticated stonework and an extravagant cornice framing fourth floor windows between long and elaborate brackets. The inside too has some rather outlandish keystone-like pediments incised with leaf patterns, also painted white. The stairwell has exposed brick and a black-painted newell post and railing, the stairs apparently freshly carpeted. In the living room is a remarkable wooden mantel whose unusual mixture of curving shapes, turned columns, shelves and patterns seem to combine the Art Nouveau, neo-Classical and Queen Anne. The renovated open kitchen has an island and a dining nook with built-in benches. The garden-level floor-through is a similarly refinished two-bedroom. All that is on the market for the asking price of $2.55 million.

    Then in Beverley Square West, a standalone home at 260 Westminster Road has bricks below and siding above. A small front porch leads to an impressive sunroom, and a driveway to a two-car garage in the rear garden. Probably built as a large, single-family in the early 20th century, it’s had some alterations over the years and is now a two-family. The floor plan indicates a six-bedroom duplex on the top two floors and a two- or three-bedroom on the ground floor. Several rooms have cool arched openings between the living areas, and there is attractive parquet, but the ground floor kitchen appears to date from the 1970s. It’s listed for $2.1 million.

    In Crown Heights, 1347a Pacific Street is a brownstone in the Crown Heights North Historic District with Italianate features on the facade and carved marble mantels and arched stained glass screens in the parlor. Designed by Brooklyn architect Amzi Hill circa 1879, its configuration today is a triplex over a two-bedroom rental. It last sold in 2017 for $1.75 million and we featured it as a House of the Day. Since then, the kitchen has been updated with a marble-topped island and high-end appliances, including a black AGA stove, and the terrace is new. Now the asking price has only slightly bumped up to $1.89 million.

    Finally, in Sunset Park, there’s a two-family brick townhouse with a rusticated brownstone base and incised brownstone door surrounds and lintels. The address is 424 55th Street, and its interior details include patterned tin ceilings, parquet floors, and ornate mantels and door and window trim, especially on the parlor level. It’s configured as a top floor floor apartment over a garden duplex. It’s offered at $1.599 million.

    bed stuy

    639 Macon Street
    Price: $2.55 million
    Area: Bed Stuy
    Broker: Halstead (Ban Leow, Howard Ramlal, Edward Hahn)
    Sunday, August 4, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
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    260 Westminster Road
    Price: $2.1 million
    Area: Beverley Square West
    Broker: Douglas Elliman (Rebekah Carver)
    Sunday, August 4, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
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    crown heights

    1347a Pacific Street
    Price: $1.89 million
    Area: Crown Heights
    Broker: Halstead (Tyson Lewis, Helen Alexandra Como Saghir, Cecilia Cina)
    Sunday August 4, 11:30 am – 1 pm
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    424 55th Street
    Price: $1.599 million
    Area: Sunset Park
    Broker: Compass (John Ameralis, Rachel Pouyafar)
    Sunday August 4, 11:30 am – 1 pm
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