Known for their picturesque tiny doors, houses on Carroll Gardens’ Dennett Place don’t pop up for sale all that frequently. The block-long street of houses likely dates to the mid-19th century, including this single-family at 3 Dennett Place, which may not be filled with original details but does offer up a workable floorplan in a petite package.
On the exterior, it also has one of the diminutive doors, this one red with an octagonal window alongside. It has gotten a bit of a makeover since the circa 1940 tax photo with siding, shutters and that aforementioned octagonal window. The tax photo shows a brick building with a modest bracketed cornice and a brick side stoop shared with the neighboring house — each with a corresponding tiny door and rectangular window.
This one hasn’t changed hands in about 20 years and while a new owner might want to make some upgrades it appears to be in move-in-ready condition. For a better view, you can take a look at the virtual tour of the house, which even allows an up-close view of the tiny door entrance. You can also get a look through the windows at the elevated tracks directly behind the house.
The parlor level has a living room, with a glass door leading out to the terrace, while two bedrooms and a full bath can be found on the floor above. Kitchen and dining along with a laundry room, full bath and a bedroom with a skylight are on the garden level. There’s baseboard heating throughout the house.
Kitchen and dining are open plan with exposed wood beams and a mix of wood and tile floors. There is a decorative wooden mantel placed on the painted brick chimney wall in the living room while the kitchen has a bold tile-patterned wall.
Upstairs the largest bedroom faces the street and has two windows and two closets. The full bath features another tile statement — a checkerboard pattern on the floor is repeated on the ceiling above.
Despite the row being locally beloved and one of a kind, the homes are not protected by any historic district. A few houses on the row have built an additional story and some have lost their stoops and diminutive doors. The tight-knit community of the street featured in a New York Times profile back in 2012
Listed with Saul Retig and Allison Boggio of Sotheby’s International Realty, the house is priced at $2.05 million. Worth the ask?
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