On the architecturally scenic Clinton Avenue, this condo in an 1870s brownstone offers up some attractive details like high ceilings and mantels as well as the bonus of private outdoor space and in-unit laundry.
One of a row of seven Second Empire-style houses, 338 Clinton Avenue was built by the speculator Thomas Fagan in the hopes of turning a quick profit, according to the Clinton Hill Historic District designation report. While others in the row have lost some original exterior details, No. 338 retains its high stoop, tall parlor windows, bracketed cornice and mansard roof. The circa 1940 tax photo shows an intriguing view of the house and its neighbor, which is in the midst of having its mansard roof removed.
The brownstone was featured as a House of the Day back in 2012 before it was purchased and divided up into five condos. Even before that, it wasn’t always a single-family dwelling. From 1932 until the late 1950s the house was operated by the Catholic Big Sisters as a shelter for young women. The parlor level was left as it was according to a Brooklyn Daily Eagle story about the conversion, while the garden level was converted to a dormitory and the rooms of the upper floors were used for offices and meetings.
This upper floor unit has a living room and open kitchen at the front and bedroom and en suite bath at the rear. Pocket doors separate a second bedroom, or home office, from the living room, and there’s a power room near the entrance. There are wood floors throughout and both the living room and bedroom have decorative fireplaces with overmantel mirrors and original tile.
A peninsula with a white countertop separates the living room from the kitchen, which has dark cabinets and a tile backsplash.
Laundry is in a closet next to the windowed full bath, which has a soaking tub and brass fixtures. The entrance to the terrace, which is large enough for outdoor dining, is through the bedroom.
Private storage space in the cellar is included. The unit has common charges of $264 a month and taxes of $372.50 a month.
The unit last sold in 2013 for $995,000. Javier Amor of Compass has the current listing and it is priced at $1.195 million. What do you think?
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