Fort Greene Brownstone With Marble Mantels and Three More to See, Starting at $1.195 Million


    A vein may have opened up in the winter line-up of open houses, judging by this handful of Sunday showings in Fort Greene, Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Kensington. A Fort Greene Italianate with a classic brownstone facade is being offered for $3.499 million and an upgraded Williamsburg townhouse with a new cornice and canopy and a modernized interior is asking $2.4 million. In Crown Heights, a newly constructed two-family townhouse comes with ultra-modern features and a price tag of $2.245, while a single-family home in Kensington with a well-proportioned gambrel-style roof, porch and bay windows clocks in at $1.195 million.

    The classic mid-19th century Italianate brownstone in Fort Greene has four floors and a cellar, with great old details and updates, but could use a bit of polishing in places. It’s a three-family with a facade that looks to be in great condition, at least in the photos, and features characteristic heavy window and door hoods and floriate brackets. We see three marble mantels with arched opening and scroll keystones in the photos, and floors in uneven condition, with one floor in need of refinishing in particular and an unfortunate tile floor in the stair hall that fortunately is fixable. The townhouse has some exposed brick walls, plaster arches and arched doorways, and at least one kitchen renovated in a contemporary style. The address is 275 Clermont Avenue, and it’s on the market for $3.499 million.

    At the eastern edge of Williamsburg — not East Williamsburg, as the listing says — in what is one of the earliest settled parts of Brooklyn, this partly detached circa 1860s two-family wood frame townhouse was recently greatly improved with a new facade. The old vinyl siding (visible in a 2013 listing) was replaced with shingles, and the house now has a new bracketed cornice and canopy, bringing the exterior closer to its historical appearance, as evidenced by its 1940 tax photo. The interior of 199 Devoe Street has been thoroughly updated in a modern style, and no trace appears to be left of the original interior details such as the marble mantels. The floor plan is open on the first two floors, the floors are pale oak, and a bathroom has attractive dark blue subway tile. Set up as a triplex over a garden-floor rental, the house’s top floor contains an office or playroom next to a roof deck. The asking price is $2.4 million.

    In Crown Heights, construction started on this two-family building designed by Elmhurst, Queens-based architects Infocus in 2018. It has an unusual modern facade with angled windows and reclaimed wood. Inside, the floors are herringbone, the ceilings high, and the large angled windows have wood muntins. This apparent touch of nature balances the ultra-modern style of the kitchen, done in a seamless Italian manner accented with dark wood cabinets. The owner’s unit ranges over every floor of the house and includes the cellar as well as a penthouse level with bedroom and front and rear roof decks. A studio apartment occupies the front of the garden level. The lot at 1633 Pacific Street at one time housed a modest wood frame fish-scale shingled row house that was demolished sometime in the last five or so years. The new house is listed for $2.245 million.

    Finally, at 501 Eaast 5th Street in Kensington, there’s a Dutch gambrel-roofed standalone singe-family house with a porch and rear deck. The exterior has curb appeal, with a bay window overlooking the porch and echoing the well-proportioned roof. The attractive living room has a bay window and original moldings. Updates include light oak flooring throughout the first floor and contemporary built-in bookcases in the dining room. The kitchen is on the dark side and could perhaps benefit from some updating but looks to be in excellent condition in the photos. There are four bedrooms altogether, but only one full bathroom, which is on the second floor. The house has plenty of closets and storage on the third floor. This one is priced at $1.195 million.


    275 Clermont Avenue
    Price: $3.499 million
    Area: Fort Greene
    Broker: Compass (Keith Arthur, Dan Bentov)
    Sunday January 12, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
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    199 Devoe Street
    Price: $2.4 million
    Area: Williamsburg
    Broker: R New York (Ali Raza, Troy Gordon)
    Sunday January 12, 4 – 5 pm
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    1633 Pacific Street
    Price: $2.245 million
    Area: Crown Heights
    Broker: Corcoran (Daniel Cohen, Justine Lee-Mills)
    Sunday January 12, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
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    501 East 5th Street
    Price: $1.195 million
    Area: Kensington
    Broker: Corcoran (Peter Gordenstein, Robin Tygar)
    Sunday January 12, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
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