Of modest size, this single-family mid-19th century row house packs in some nice original details, plenty of storage and a deep garden for an outdoor escape. It’s located at the edge of Gowanus, at 446 Sackett Street.
The house is one of a row of two-story brick Italianate houses originally designed with plain stone lintels, high stoops with iron railings and bracketed cornices. Those features survive at No. 446 as do a few of the original Italianate interior features.
Somewhat on the narrow side at 16.67 feet, the petite house is set up with living and kitchen on the parlor floor, two bedrooms above and a rec room and additional bedroom on the garden level, the very rough floor plan shows.
Surviving mid-19th century features include the original staircase, moldings, plaster and wide planked floorboards. Some of the most impressive original details are in the parlor, where there is an Italianate marble mantel, now painted white, and pierced plaster crown molding with a foliate motif.
There’s also a tin ceiling, most likely added later. According to the listing, there are two more mantels in the house, although none are pictured.
The kitchen at the rear is fairly simple, with white cabinets and appliances, and seems to be in good shape. It looks like there might be room for a small table. Adjacent to the kitchen is a half bath.
Upstairs are two serene-looking bedrooms, quite a bit of original molding and plaster in apparently good shape, and new floors. The house has quite a few built-ins, including a wall of storage in the hall between the two bedrooms.
A washer and dryer is tucked into a closet on this level. There’s also an all-white full bath and another on the garden level, for 2.5 total in the house.
Downstairs on the garden level the floors are tile, which could be convenient depending on the house’s proximity to the flood zone. The rear room has an exposed beam ceiling and a door leading out to the rear yard.
With the house under 40 feet deep, there’s plenty of outdoor space left on the lot to exercise your green thumb. The backyard has a paved patio and planting beds. Steps at the rear lead to an elevated seating area.
In addition to built-in storage, renovations to the house include central air.
The house last sold in 2003 for $720,000. Listed by Christina Prostano of Corcoran, it’s now asking $2.35 million. What do you think?
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