The changing fashions of a century of Brooklyn living are on display in our picks for open houses to see this weekend. In Park Slope, a well-kept brownstone has fretwork screens and other late Victorian details. An unassuming wood-frame townhouse in Gowanus has been modernized with a contemporary open plan garden-level living room and kitchen. In Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a bow-fronted limestone-and-brick two-family has original details to play with. A circa-1920 Dutch-style standalone house with two units in Gravesend sports a vintage kitchen and an assortment of wood paneling. The prices range from $1.188 million for the latter to $3 million for the Park Slope gem.
The eye-catching brownstone for sale in the Park Slope Historic District, located at 486 13th Street, offers well preserved woodwork, an elaborate foyer, and neo-Colonial mantels. In the foyer alone is a pier mirror, built in bench, elaborate fretwork screen and wainscoting. The designation report dates it at 1897 and describes it as neo-Italian Renaissance in style. Configured as a two-bedroom floor-through over a duplex, it’s asking an even $3 million.
In Gowanus, 200 11th Street is an unassuming wood-frame townhouse — likely dating from the mid-19th century — with replacement siding and aluminum awnings. Inside it’s been updated with an open floor plan on the garden level. The living area and kitchen have been opened up, an island inserted between, yet its vintage mid-20th century kitchen remains intact, adorned by newer appliances. The dining room is in the rear of the first floor with a doorway into a well-tended vegetable garden with raised beds. Few if any original details remain, but it seems to be in good condition in photos, and there’s a third floor rental with similar kitchen cabinets. It’s priced at $1.75 million.
In the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District at 162 Lefferts Avenue, a bow-fronted two-family pale brick and terra-cotta townhouse features parquet floors, crown molding, picture rail moldings, and build-in cabinets. It’s set up as a two-family with six rooms over five. It’s in move-in condition but the bathrooms and kitchens could use updating, according to the listing. It’s listed for $1.6 million.
Finally, toward the edge of southern Brooklyn at 1772 West 5th Street in Gravesend, a standalone home has a gambrel roof, private driveway and two-car garage. It’s a legal one-family, according to PropertyShark, with a slightly confusing floor plan and evidently at one time three or four kitchens, although only one now has a stove. The latter, inconveniently located on a bedroom floor, is a wonder of another time made for a film set, with World War II era cabinets with scalloped borders and giant knobs and a gorgeous white enamel vintage stove. The first floor — or at least the part pictured — has been recently renovated and has a sun room and parlor with a fireplace. A number of the rooms are finished in wood and faux wood paneling that might need painting or removing if a buyer doesn’t wish to preserve them. The listing says Bensonhurst but Google Maps and PropertyShark peg it as Gravesend. It’s asking $1.188 million.
486 13th Street
Price: $3 million
Area: Park Slope
Broker: Corcoran (Marie Lee Parker)
Sunday August 11, 1 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday August 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
200 11th Street
Price: $1.75 million
Broker: Corcoran (Deborah Rieders, Sarah Shuken)
Sunday August 11, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
162 Lefferts Avenue
Price: $1.6 million
Area: Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Broker: Corcoran (Keith Mack, Sylvia Dimova)
Sunday August 11, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
1772 West 5th Street
Price: $1.188 million
Broker: Douglas Elliman (Loretta M. Nastasi-Rivera)
Sunday August 11, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
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