Four Updated Townhouses With Gilded Age Details to See This Weekend, Starting at $965K


    Four open houses this weekend feature juicy original details dating from America’s first Gilded Age — the western territory occupied, the Civil War ended, and the railroad tracks of the robber barons having laid out the pathway for massive industrial expansion. They include a Romanesque Revival brownstone replete with elaborate interior woodwork designed by noted 19th century architect Amzi Hill in the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, an exceptionally angular Renaissance Revival brownstone in Park Slope, an unusually well preserved Carroll Gardens Italianate with trademark tall windows on the third story, and a more modest but recently renovated Neo-Grec brick number in Bed Stuy. Prices range from $965,000 to $3.85 million.

    At 458 2nd Street in Park Slope, there’s an updated Renaissance Revival brownstone with sharply angled three-sided window bays configured as a triplex over a garden floor rental. The parlor level features a mantel with Greek pillars and two sets of pocket doors. The rear parlor has been converted into a dining area and clean-lined white kitchen with new appliances and an island. There is laundry and a powder room in the extension, and a glass door opens onto a deck with stairs down to the garden. The four bedrooms and study on the upper two floors are served by renovated bathrooms on each floor and abundant closets. The garden level rental is spacious with three rooms, including a front room with a decorative mantel, a den that would make a snug sleeping area although it’s not a legal bedroom, and a large and luxurious kitchen. It’s listed for $3.85 million.

    Another one showing this weekend is an exceptionally detailed two-family townhouse designed by Amzi Hill at 164 MacDonough Street in the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District. It features extravagant woodwork on the interior such as a cascading grand stair, its newel post, railings, and balusters done up with all manner of ornamentation; fanciful carved wood mantels with whatnot shelves; and preserved passthroughs with sinks and cupboards. The wet rooms are updated with period flavor. The garden rental seems to have squeezed a tiny kitchen in a rear extension below the parlor-level deck. For all of that, it’s looking for $2.95 million.

    At 127 3rd Place in Carroll Gardens, a four-story brick townhouse has more original detail left than we often see in this neighborhood, such as marble mantels and wide floorboards. The asking price, $1.395 million, is also unusually low for the area. The house is right next to the elevated train track so perhaps that’s why. It has characteristic Italianate curved lintels but, unusually, the tall windows normally on the parlor level are located on the third floor, and whatever moldings may have been on the ceilings were presumably replaced by tin ceilings at a later date. The floor plan indicates that it’s being used as a single-family with a kitchen and dining or living room on the garden level, a living room and dining room on the parlor level, and four bedrooms on the upper two floors. One of the bedroom floors lacks a bathroom, and none of the 1.5 baths are pictured.

    Finally, a recently renovated single-family brick townhouse with curb appeal at 266 Bainbridge Street in Bed Stuy is on the market for $965,000. With three bedrooms, the Neo-Grec townhouse has exposed brick and a restored mantel in the parlor, a skylight over the centrally-located staircase, painted wood floors, a built-in closet along a curtained wall in the master bedroom, and tidily updated bathrooms, all clearly led by a thoughtful designer. The open-plan garden level has exposed rafters in the dining room and a kitchen with a pillared island.

    458 2nd street

    458 2nd Street
    Price: $3.85 million
    Area: Park Slope
    Broker: Corcoran (Charlie Pigott, Jackie Torren)
    Sunday March 10, 1:30 – 3 pm
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    164 macdonough street

    164 MacDonough Street
    Price: $2.95 million
    Area: Bed Stuy
    Broker: Brown Harris Stevens (Nadine Adamson, Kelsey Hall)
    Sunday March 10, 12 – 2 pm
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    127 third place

    127 3rd Place
    Price: $1.395 million
    Area: Carroll Gardens
    Broker: Brown Harris Stevens (Gregory Klein)
    Saturday March 9, 12 – 3 pm
    Sunday March 10, 1 – 3 pm
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    266 bainbridge street

    266 Bainbridge Street
    Price: $965,000
    Area: Bed Stuy
    Broker: Compass (Jeffrey St. Arromand, David Fernandez)
    Sunday March 10, 1 – 2:30 pm
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