A block of Adelphi Street in Fort Greene has a stretch of picturesque wood-frame houses dating back to the 1840s. One of them, 329 Adelphi Street, retains some scenic flavor of another time, and the two-family has a parlor-level one-bedroom floor-through apartment for rent.
The house is in the Fort Greene Historic District and is circa 1848, according to the designation report. It was in need of work when we featured it as a House of the Day back in 2009, and we covered the extensive renovation in 2011. Commenters voiced a lot of skepticism at the time, but it appears to have shaped up nicely.
The facade is sheathed with red shingles, and the roof and porch are capped with bracketed and dentilled cornices. The front yard is covered in ivy and tall bushes, and the entrance to the apartment is through the nicely rebuilt front porch appointed with four neo-Classical pillars. The corner location on Lafayette Street gives the apartment three exposures.
The ceilings are 11 feet high throughout, and the living room has nearly floor-to-ceiling windows, a simple (and likely original) mantel with exposed brick above, and built-in shelves. Some ornate floriate plaster crown molding evident in the 2009 listing isn’t in evidence in the rental listing, so perhaps it was lost in the renovation or is located elsewhere, such as the entry hall.
Most of the floors are wide plank wood, patched in places with narrower boards. The rear parlor has been turned into an eat-in kitchen with enough room for at least a small table. It has Shaker-style cabinets, a wood counter and an island. A door leads to the garden.
The bedroom appears to be in a rear extension off to the side, and it is just big enough for a king-size bed and a dresser. Hopefully there’s a large closet somewhere. The bathroom and powder room are not shown.
The apartment has a dishwasher, washer and dryer, and clocks in at about 1,000 square feet, according to the listing, from owners Maeve Bace and Mike Sullivan. The landlords are covering electricity in addition to heat and hot water.
The upper duplex was previously listed for $4,500, and this one is offered at $4,000. Will it work at this price?
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