If splendid and unusual tile, mantels and original detail are your thing, you will want to check out this landmarked single-family home 71 Midwood Street in the Lefferts Manor District of Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Designed by architect William M. Miller in 1898, the late Victorian house has Romanesque Revival arched windows and a light-colored facade.
Most unusual is the kitchen, with ocean blue subway tile covering the original hearth and a vintage Chambers range. The floor also appears to be tile, in a houndstooth pattern. We like it all, though not everyone will.
There is also an elegant dining room with a small forest worth of wood wainscoting. There are four mantels, including a wood one with unusual designs in a bedroom — and three of the fireplaces are working.
Also worthy of mention is the Art Nouveau style green tile in a renovated bathroom. And the house doesn’t stint on beamed ceilings, stained glass, and parquet floors either. We even spy a trompe l’oeil window in the parlor.
As far as the floor plan goes, there’s plenty of room, with the kitchen and dining room on the garden level and a double parlor on the parlor floor. The third and fourth floors hold two bedrooms apiece, as well as a laundry room, three full bathrooms and a lot of closets.
Outside, you’ll find a backyard paved in bluestone, complete with a small trampoline.
The place looks to be well cared for and in move-in shape. The boiler, hot water heater and roof are “current,” according to the listing, from Bette L. Cunningham of Brown Harris Stevens.
The ask: $2,400,000, a figure never imagined by the folks who built this 117 years ago. Think it’s on target? What’s your take on the house?
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