This move-in ready brownstone is on the narrow side but a renovation several years ago fit in a large kitchen, plenty of bedroom space, closets and built-ins. The house, at 371 Clinton Street, is at the edge of Carroll Gardens, close to the amenities of Court Street and a few blocks from the now reopened Carroll Park.
The Italianate-style house long ago lost some of its original exterior elements, including bracketed lintels, rounded door hood and iron railings. There’s still the expected bracketed cornice but the house now sports a more streamlined look, with flat lintels and a keystoned door surround. A look at the circa 1940 tax photo shows the more ornate original details intact, as were those of its matching neighbors in the brownstone row. The group likely dates to the late 1870s, when similarly styled brownstones began appearing on neighboring blocks. By 1886, ads for the single-family house at No. 371 show the resident family was offering furnished and unfurnished rooms to let.
Now a two-family used as a single-family residence, the 16.5-foot-wide house had already been renovated back in 2015 when it was featured as a House of the Day. It looks like the new owners made some design tweaks, including the addition of wallpaper, but no major alterations, after purchasing the house in 2016.
The original interior details that remained after the renovation are still there, including wood floors, original stair, moldings and a marble mantel in the front parlor. In the rear parlor is a modern kitchen with a generous amount of cabinetry, black slate counters and high end appliances. It’s had a refresh with the lower cabinets painted a trendier blue and new hardware installed.
Upstairs are two floors of bedrooms. The second floor could be used as a master suite as there’s a large bedroom at front, a smaller one at the rear and a dressing room connecting the two. There’s also a windowed full bath with a walk-in shower and two matching pedestal sinks. A closet in the hallway holds the laundry. There are two more bedrooms on the third floor, along with an interior room set up as a den and another full bath with a shower.
The carpeted garden level has been set up as a media room and office space with built-in shelves and desk space. There’s also another full bath and the only access to the outdoor garden space. The paved garden has two patio areas, including an upper level with a pergola and planting beds around the perimeter.
The renovation included updates to the electrical and plumbing and there’s also central air.
The house last sold in 2016 for $4.25 million. It’s now on the market for $4.499 million with James Cornell of Corcoran. What do you think?
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