At not quite 900 square feet, this two-bedroom, two-bath brownstone condo in the Fort Greene Historic district is fairly modest in size, but its design and a terrace may amplify the sense of spaciousness.
It’s located on the top floor of a four-unit 1860s Italianate building converted to condos in 2014 by Robert Litchfield Architect. The 22-foot-wide brownstone displays the characteristic bracketed cornice and heavy lintels of the era, as well as new industrial-style sconces and period-style lettering on the transom window at the entrance.
Perhaps its worth noting that 256 Cumberland took advantage of the J51 tax break for renovation of an existing residential apartment building, producing the exceptional tax rate of zero until its 16-year anniversary — what otherwise would have been $2,709 a month, according to city documents. With the $456 common charges, it makes for a somewhat more affordable situation, assuming you can swing a down payment and any resulting mortgage. (With 20 percent down, or about a quarter million dollars, you’d be sending about $5,600 a month to the lender).
The interior space has been carefully designed, with elegant details and finishes, including pretty nice white oak herringbone floors, a wood-burning fireplace with a modern mantel flanked by built-in shelves in the living room, and good-looking subway tiles and marble in the bathrooms.
The terrace also seems appealing — big enough for a table and plantings, and high enough that it may be usable for more months out of the year than the average mosquito-plagued Brooklyn backyard.
Also included: Private attic and cellar storage space, an in-unit washer/dryer, and central air controlled by a NEST system. Listed by agents Michael K. Davis, Marta Maletz, Saul Shapiro and Zina Raslan of Compass, the pad is asking $1.299 million. Worth it?
Update: The property is in contract after only three weeks on the market.
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