With a wraparound porch and striking gambrel roofline, this detached home has curb appeal aplenty along with rich original interior details, oodles of bedrooms and a garage. While it’s in Flatbush, the house, at 722 East 22nd Street, is located in the micro nabe of South Midwood.
One of the many neighborhoods carved out of former Flatbush farmland, construction kicked off in South Midwood in 1900 with the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reporting the neighborhood would “revel in the diversified possibilities of the Queen Anne, colonial and Eastlake styles.” Houses in the area were required to cost at least $4,500, according to the Eagle, and the duplication of house designs was discouraged. One of the builders at work in the area was John R. Corbin, who bought and developed lots on East 22nd Street. A map of 1906 shows most of the lots on the block of East 22nd Street (once known as Elmore Place) filled with detached houses, including No. 722.
The single-family dwelling, originally home to cartoonist Ferdinand G. Long and wife, Leta Larkin Long, still has plenty of its original interior detail intact, including columned wood mantels, wood floors with inlaid borders and wainscoting. Much of that is found on the main floor, which has a spacious hall or gallery, a living room with built-in bookshelves on either side of the mantel, a dining room, a half bath and a renovated kitchen at the rear.
The renovated kitchen has soapstone counters, dark wood cabinets, a Wolf range and a wine fridge. It also has access out to a wood deck overlooking the yard.
Upstairs are two floors of bedrooms with a full bath on each floor. There are eight bedrooms in total, any of which could easily work as home offices, playrooms or craft rooms if all that sleeping space isn’t required.
Just one full bath is shown and it’s got a stained glass window and a claw foot tub mixed with tiles and fixtures of a more recent vintage. It could perhaps use a style tweak but looks in fine shape going by the photos.
There’s a finished basement with laundry, a full bath, a rec room and storage.
A side driveway leads to a gambrel-roofed garage and a fenced-in yard. According to the listing, recent upgrades to the house have included a new roof, updates to the plumbing and electrical, and new and restored wood floors.
The house was last on the market in 2012, when it sold for $942,000. Now it’s listed with Shepard Skiff and Daniella Guetta of Compass for $1.895 million. What do you think of it?
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