Located in one of the great mansions on architecturally alluring Clinton Avenue, this rental has the additional attraction of outdoor space and room for a home office, albeit in a slightly quirky layout. The duplex unit is on the parlor and garden levels of the brownstone manse at 321 Clinton Avenue, in the Clinton Hill Historic District.
Built in 1875 to designs by Ebenezer L. Roberts for original owner James H. Lounsbery, the former single-family house was converted to a co-op in the 1980s after decades of use as a private elementary school.
This rental unit retains a few hints of the former grandeur of the home, including the hard to miss gilded pier mirror. It dominates the former parlor that is now the living room and kitchen of the unit; the lower level includes the full bath, a bedroom and office space.
A modern kitchen stretches across one wall of the living room with dark cabinets, a marble counter and stainless steel appliances.
Downstairs, the bedroom is at the front of the unit with two windows, an exposed brick wall and a closet with sliding mirror doors. There’s another closet just outside the bedroom along with the full bath. The room at the back of the unit could be used as a second bedroom in a pinch but since access to the upstairs is through the room it makes for a more ideal work-from-home space. It’s also got access to the private backyard.
That yard is narrow but has room for outdoor dining and planters for those with a green thumb.
There’s no in-unit laundry but there is free laundry in the building, along with storage and an on-call super. The apartment is available to rent empty or fully or partially furnished.
The unit last sold in 2006 for $465,000. It’s now available to rent for $3,995 a month and listed with Nicole Galluccio of Compass. Worth the rent?
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