Here’s an attractive townhouse in Kensington with some original features and more recent updates. Located at 190 Ocean Parkway, it is one of a row of limestones with deep front gardens, bay windows and classically inspired ornamentation, including swags, wreaths and shields.
The row was built circa 1900, with historic maps showing it was in place by 1905, joining the swaths of two-family homes being built in the developing area. While currently used as a two-family, the house is now a legal three-family. It’s set up with an apartment above an owner’s duplex.
The garden level has a parlor and dining room rich with original woodwork, including floors, wainscoting, coffered ceilings and, in the front room, an unusual mantel. The firebox has a modern electric insert but the surrounding mantel with decorative shelves, mirror and arabesque ornamentation appears original.
The eat-in kitchen is large and looks to be in good shape, with dark wood cabinetry, granite countertops and a tile floor. A door provides access to the backyard.
Upstairs are three bedrooms, a laundry room and bath. The front bedroom, originally a double parlor, has an ornate columned pier mirror and wood floors with a Greek Key inlay. The bathrooms depicted in the listing appear recently updated.
There aren’t any images of the upstairs unit, but the floor plan is a duplicate of the second floor. The flexible layout is set up a two-bedroom with room for living, dining and office space.
In addition to the deep front garden with a patch of green, shrubbery and walkway, there’s a paved backyard with planting bed and room for a future backyard barbecue hangout.
To add a little history for baseball lovers, the house was the setting of the wedding of former Brooklyn National star Eugene “Gene” De Montreville in 1917. At the time, the house was owned by his brother, Walter.
The limestone last sold in 2005 for $660,500. It’s now on the market with Mary A. Mulcahey of Halstead for $1.895 million. What do you think of it?
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