Verandah Place is one of those little Brooklyn streets that oozes charm thanks to its row of low-scale 19th century brick homes and a location facing popular Cobble Hill Park. While not all of the modest buildings originally served as stables, 20 Verandah Place was indeed originally constructed for Brooklynites of the hooved variety.
Historic maps and advertisements show No. 20, which the Cobble Hill Historic District designation report dates to circa 1857, as a stable until the early 20th century when, like many stables, it was converted to a garage. In 1909 it was advertised as having 10 new stalls but just a year later the owner was advertising room for an automobile. Advertisements and news accounts also show that even when it was a stable, there were also human residents on the upper floors.
While the stable doors that were still in evidence in the circa 1940 tax photo are no longer there, the gray-painted brick facade still has 19th century charm with arched radial brick windows and a dentil cornice.
When it was featured as a House of the Day back in 2017 there were just a few photos and no floor plan available, but after selling in 2018 it’s back on the market with a few more details. The three-story house was set up as two duplexes back then but the current listing encourages interested buyers to “bring your architect” to the just over 24-foot wide house.
In 2019 the current owners obtained a certificate of appropriateness from LPC for a rear yard addition and the photos show a gutted garden level. But according to Department of Building records the plans to convert the two-family to a single-family were withdrawn. The plans by Studio DB submitted to LPC show a proposed two-story addition on the rear of the garden level and the first floor with a terrace above.
The floor plans show that the house is currently set up with living, dining and open kitchen on the first floor, a bedroom and half bath on the second and three bedrooms with a full bath above. There are beamed ceilings on the first and second floors to add some stable character and each floor has a woodburning fireplace as well.
Other than the gutted garden photo the rest of the listing images show the spaces intact, including the open kitchen with white cabinets, a large island and access to the rear deck via a Dutch door. The full bath looks like it has some details from a few remodels, including some vintage yellow tile.
The house sold for $3.5 million in 2018. It’s now back on the market with a price drop at $2.995 million and listed with Karen Talbott and Kyle Talbott of Corcoran. What do you think?
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