After looking at several high-end renovations of townhouses in historic districts, it comes as a relief to see one being sold without all of the upscale bells and whistles wringing every potential dollar from a dwelling. This fairly charming, low key, old school Park Slope two-family deal is configured as a four-bedroom duplex over a garden-level one-bedroom floor-through.
It’s not recently renovated but seems to be in good condition for a late Victorian brownstone, and it has some nice architectural features like expressive stone carvings, preserved ironwork, drip molding and convex bands of stone.
Inside, it’s got an ornate fretwork screen, handsome wood mantels, neo-Classical trim, intact moldings, wainscoting and Queen Anne-style staircase details, painted white. There are also huge windows that may be original, with original shutters.
The somewhat dated looking parlor-floor kitchen is still more than serviceable, and features vintage-style tall wood cupboards and floral wallpaper. Steps lead to a rear deck with a staircase down to the landscaped garden, according to the floor plan.
None of the three bathrooms (one on each floor) are pictured, so it’s likely they have not been recently updated. There’s a washer/dryer in a hall next to the kitchen.
456 14th Street is located on a park block at the south end of the neighborhood near Nitehawk in the Park Slope Historic District. It was built in 1893 by George Morgan for Agnes Morgan and designed by architect Albert Ullrich in the Romanesque Revival style popular before the World’s Fair that took place the same year, as the designation report notes.
You can see it yourself at an open house on Sunday, April 14 from 2 to 3:30 pm. Listed by Jackie Lew and Marc Wisotsky of Halstead, it’s asking $2.8 million. Worth it?
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