Renovated Townhouse in Crown Heights With Light and Dark Contrasts Asks $1.85 Million

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A renovated three-story single-family row house in the Crown Heights North Historic District is updated in the paint-it-all-light-gray style, with boldly contrasting charcoal kitchen cabinets and bathroom floor tiles and crown molding and other wood all painted white. It comes off well enough, with exposed fireplace bricks and wood floors adding a bit of warmth. The facade, on the other hand, has been covered at some stage with Permastone, which a buyer might have trouble restoring to the original brick.

The layout of 888 Sterling Place has the dining room and kitchen on the garden level, with a patio beyond the gut renovated open plan space with a long island in the middle and a wall of cabinets opposite the appliances and marble countertop. What’s identified as the dining room is here set up with a small informal table, with none of the details of a grand turn-of-the-last-century setting. This level also has the second full bathroom, with a glass-enclosed shower, white-tiled walls and a slate-colored floor.

Upstairs on the parlor level are a front parlor and living room, the front room having an impressive pier mirror, refinished with white trim. The living room looks especially comfortable, taking up most of the building width, apart from the murphy bed on one wall, bookshelves and cabinets built on either side of the fireplace and the powder room. The floors are wide plank in the front and the living room has ornate decorative details.

On the third level, of the four bedrooms in the floor plan, we see images of the two with brick-exposed fireplaces, and they look spacious. The bathroom here has a double sink with modern stained wood cabinets, a glass-enclosed bathtub and large hexagonal gray tiles.


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Apart from the Permastone, the facade has an incised door hood, a three-sided bay topped with a pediment and a bracketed cornice, giving it some street presence. It is one of a row of 12 built circa 1889 and designed by John L. Young, according to the designation report.

The house was sold by a longtime owner in 2016 for $900,000 and flipped twice later that year, the last time for $1.425 million. Now it’s asking $1.85 million in a listing from Justin Dupree and Abby Dupree at Compass. How will it fare?

[Listing: 888 Sterling Place | Broker: Compass] GMAP

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