Four Modern Yet Historic Townhouses to See This Weekend, Starting at $1.65 Million


    Mild temperatures on this first fall weekend should make for pleasant open house viewing. This week, our open house picks can be found in Bed Stuy, Park Slope and Flatbush — and, unusually, one of the two Bed Stuy properties is more expensive than the Park Slope house. They range in price from $1.65 million to $2.995 million. At least three are recently updated and all appear to be in move-in condition. Keep in mind that most open houses still require appointments to be scheduled before viewing.

    Starting off in Bed Stuy, this classic Queen Anne townhouse designed by well-known 19th century Brooklyn architect Amzi Hill has no lack of curb appear with its (painted over) red brick, brownstone base, and charming white-painted oriel window. The interior has been fairly heavily renovated, with an open parlor floor and new herringbone wood floors. Stained glass and an original quirky wood mantel with a tile surround have been retained. There are white-painted exposed brick walls, several of-the-moment bathrooms and, in the parlor-floor kitchen, white stone counters and a La Cornue stove. It’s set up up as a triplex over a garden floor rental, according to the listing, which doesn’t include a floor plan.

    Moving on to Park Slope, this petite wood-frame single-family townhouse has been given a simple, modern renovation by its owners that does not seem incongruous for the modest 19th century Italianate home. The only traces of its beginnings are the original cornice, now exposed, and the curving mahogany-railed staircase. The garden floor is an open, flexible space. The open-plan parlor floor contains a living area with a modern concrete fireplace, a thoughtfully designed kitchen and dining area with access to a landscaped garden with built-in seating. On the top floor are two bedrooms and a large skylit bathroom with a claw-foot tub and separate shower. The exterior has new dark gray siding and a bright red front door.

    In Flatbush, this roomy single-family house was designed by noted Brooklyn architects Slee & Bryson in the Georgian Revival style and is well preserved, with its original modern floor plan, walk-in neo-Colonial fireplace, and parquet floors. Built in 1917 and located in the Kenmore-Albemarle Terrace Historic District, it has two floors of bedrooms, a sleeping porch/sunroom that could serve as a home office or craft room, and bathrooms on every floor. Other features include original woodwork, moldings, stained glass skylights and a backyard with patio and flower beds.

    Circling back to Bed Stuy, we find a petite red brick circa 1880s Neo-Grec townhouse that combines a modern renovation with select original details. The latter include a pier mirror in the front parlor and several stone mantels. The parlor floor has exposed beams and a blue kitchen. On the exterior are incised brownstone details and a bay window as well as original ironwork. The petite backyard has a patio and ivy-covered fence. The two-family house is set up as a two-bedroom rental over an owner’s garden and parlor floor duplex.

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    466 Greene Avenue
    Price: $2.995 million
    Area: Bed Stuy
    Broker: Douglas Elliman (Rita Van Straten, Monica Breese, Jessica Peters)
    Sunday September 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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    244 12th Street
    Price: $2.595 million
    Area: Park Slope
    Broker: Douglas Elliman (Lindsay Barton Barrett, Christina Abad, Cristina Criado)
    Sunday September 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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    2111 Albemarle Terrace
    Price: $1.795 million
    Area: Flatbush
    Broker: Brown Harris Stevens (Andrew B. VanDusen)
    Sunday September 27, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
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    120 Patchen Avenue
    Price: $1.65 million
    Area: Bed Stuy
    Broker: Corcoran (Emma James)
    Sunday September 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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