This classic Italianate brownstone has the marble mantels, arched niches and plasterwork that define the style alongside some recent renovations designed with a sympathetic eye to the original features. It’s set within the Clinton Hill Historic District, at 103 Cambridge Place.
According to the designation report, the house dates to around 1873 and is one of three by builders Lambert & Mason. The newly constructed houses were for sale by the summer of 1873 and advertised as “medium, modern brown stones” perfect for those “wanting a good house and a bargain.” All have the Italianate-style defining exterior features, with rusticated basements, high stoops, rounded front doors paired with a bracketed pediment, and bracketed cornices at the roof. The exterior of No. 103 had some recent LPC approved facade repair, including resurfacing of the brownstone.
No. 103 is set up as a two-family, with a one-bedroom apartment on the garden level and a triplex above. The parlor level is filled with original details, starting at the entrance with original newel post and stair. The double parlor has a wood burning fireplace and one of the house’s five marble mantels along with arched doorways and bracketed plaster crown molding.
The same features are repeated in the original formal dining room at the rear, where a modern kitchen has been inserted. Dark wood cabinetry is set into an original niche and there’s a matching island separating the kitchen from the dining area. The fridge is tucked out of sight behind one of two original closet doors. Another door leads outside to a rear deck.
The layouts of the upper two floors adhere pretty closely to typical published house plans of the period. There are two bedrooms and a full bath on each, with the bathrooms stacked at the rear. The top floor has an additional side bedroom used as an office space. Another of the marble mantels can be found in the street-facing bedroom on the second floor, which also has the expected bed niche plus bold striped wallpaper.
Both full bathrooms have claw-foot tubs with shower fittings. The second floor bath has a Gothic-inspired quatrefoil wallpaper while the top floor one is large enough to fit a stacked washer/dryer.
The garden level has a flexible setup, and can be configured as one-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom floor-through apartment with access to the garden. The front room contains a kitchen and an open plan living area with a marble mantel. Alternatively, the house can be set up as a quadraplex with a studio on the garden level.
The landscaped garden has brick pathways meandering around beds thickly planted with perennials and a koi pond with a bluestone paver acting as a bridge. There’s a petite garden next to the front stoop as well and it has what the listing claims is the only working gas lamp on the street.
The house hasn’t been on the market since the 1980s. Lisa Lonuzzi and Christina Lonuzzi of Compass have the listing and the asking price is $4.5 million. Worth it?
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