Clinton Hill Italianate With Restored Plaster, Marble Mantels, Central Air Asks $4.25 Million

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Brimming with lush plasterwork, this Clinton Hill brownstone has had a top to bottom renovation that included modern upgrades and restoration of original 1870s details. Situated at 141 St. James Place, the Italianate row house is located within the Clinton Hill Historic District.

The house and its neighbor at No. 139 were built by Thomas Lambert circa 1871, according to the designation report. They were completed by the fall of 1872 when Lambert advertised them for sale as “first class brown stone houses with all modern improvements.”

In the same family hands for decades, it was purchased in 2015 and the new owners undertook an extensive renovation. The finished project was featured as a house tour in the Fall/Winter 2017/18 edition of Brownstoner Magazine.


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Set up as two-family with an owner’s triplex above a garden rental, the house is filled with original details such as pocket doors, marble mantels, plaster ceiling medallions and diagonal floorboards with inlay borders. The parlor level, which has a combined living and dining room in the front and kitchen in the rear, has intricately detailed plaster ceilings.

The modern kitchen has wood cabinetry to match the original woodwork, marble countertops and a large island with room for bar seating. A small bay, the result of a circa late 1890s addition, is outfitted with a window seat and Flavor Paper’s Brooklyn Toile wallpaper.

Upstairs on the second floor are three bedrooms — one petite and two larger — and two bathrooms, as well as two marble mantels and more diagonal wood flooring. Two of the bedrooms share a windowed full bath with walk-in shower with white subway tile, and the front bedroom has an en suite bath with a tub.

The third floor comprises a master suite with a walk-in closet and en suite bath with clawfoot tub and walk-in shower. The spacious master bedroom has a mantel and a ceiling opened up to expose the wood beams of the attic. The suite includes a space for a home office, complete with built-in bookshelves.

Laundry, a half bath and a mudroom are located on the garden level. A flexible floor plan allows the apartment to be used as a studio rental plus guest suite or one-bedroom rental. A hallway gives the triplex access to the garden.

The apartment has a living room with open kitchen at the front and a bedroom in the rear. The only image of the space included in the listing is of the full bath, which has white fixtures and gray and white tiles.

The renovation included new electrical, central air conditioning and a new boiler, according to the listing.

The house sold for $2.4 million in 2015, before the renovation. Listed by Douglas (Doug) Bowen and Zia O’Hara of Douglas Elliman, it is asking $4.25 million. What do you think?

[Listing: 141 St. James Place | Broker: Douglas Elliman] GMAP

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