Open Houses With Stark Modern and Historical Contrasts to See, Starting at $1.75 Million

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    This week’s open house picks comprise four renovated houses, all dating from the 19th century and exhibiting a high degree of care from their occupants — and sometimes stark contrast between modern updates and preserved historical features. They are found in South Slope, Sunset Park and Red Hook and range in price from $1.75 million to $2.195 million.

    In South Slope, an eye-catching freestanding wood-frame house painted bright yellow with an historic wood cornice is at least as old as the 1840s or ’50s if not older. Not landmarked, it’s being touted as a potential development site or family home with potential for expansion. It has Italianate brackets on the cornice and a chimney in the center of house, allowing for two wood-burning fireplaces, according to the listing. There are no photos to be found of the interior, but the listing says it’s a legal two-family in use since the 1970s by its current owner as a single-family. It has wood floors, and eat-in kitchens and living rooms on both levels. The roof and boiler are new, the electric has been updated, and it has mini-split air conditioning on the ground level, says the listing. There’s a finished basement with a washer and dryer, and the planted garden includes a rustic shed in back. The address is 341 13th Street, and the asking price is $2.195 million.

    In Sunset Park, a lovingly renovated circa turn-of-the-last-century two-family orange brick row house has quite a bit of intact original detail plus recently updated wet rooms. Set up as a rental apartment on the top floor and an owner’s duplex below, it has nice touches on the inside like a new kitchen stationed in a bracketed alcove of the rental apartment with marble counters, Shaker-style gray cabinets, and a herringbone tile backsplash. Bright white trim, wall moldings, and brackets are set off from blue painted walls. Meanwhile, the parlor level of the duplex has two bedrooms and an office, acanthus leaf ornamentation, original mantels with tile surrounds, and pocket doors. On the garden level, we find tin ceilings, unpainted wood trim, and a relatively conservative-looking kitchen with stainless steel appliances, tan stone counters and wood cabinets. Located at 458 57th Street, it’s listed for $1.8 million.

    In Red Hook, a petite two-story brick house with a freestanding garage has been renovated in industrial-country-modern style by an artist, according to the listing. Exposed beams and brick and wide-plank wood floors share the opened-up first floor with two modern mantels, one installed with a gas fireplace. The second floor is split between a boxed bedroom and an open bedroom/living room/bathroom with a tin ceiling, mantel and clawfoot tub. The kitchen is located in the English basement, which has another bathroom, laundry room and recreation area. The address is 124 Pioneer Street, and it’s asking $1.4 million.

    Finally, another one in South Slope is also a petite two-family, this one a wood frame. Renovated with new mechanicals, it’s configured as a duplex with terrace over a garden one-bedroom. The parlor floor has been opened up, with an impressive beam stretching through for structural support. It has a seating area, dining area, and an L-shaped kitchen with white Shaker-style cabinets. A large terrace in the back has steps down to the garden. The top floor has also been modernized and has new wood floors and skylights in the two bedrooms. The garden level one-bedroom has been similarly updated and features a combo living/dining/kitchen area with cork floors and wood counters. This one, located at 276 16th Street, is listed for $1.75 million.

    park slope house

    341 13th Street
    Price: $2.195 million
    Area: Park Slope
    Broker: Corcoran (Julie Rhinehart)
    Sunday March 1, 3 – 5 p.m.

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    sunset park house

    458 57th Street
    Price: $1.8 million
    Area: Sunset Park
    Broker: Douglas Elliman (Sandy Abbas)
    Saturday February 29, 10 – 11 am
    Sunday March 3, 5 – 6 p.m.

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    red hook house

    124 Pioneer Street
    Price: $1.4 million
    Area: Red Hook
    Broker: Compass (Kashif Khan, Wendy Hu)
    Sunday March 1, 1 – 2 p.m.

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    south slope house for sale

    276 16th Street
    Price: $1.75 million
    Area: Park Slope
    Broker: Douglas Elliman (Myrel Glick, Martha Ellman)
    Saturday February 29, 2:30 – 4 pm
    Sunday March 1, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

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