This bow-fronted townhouse in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, an original two-family converted to three, shows off a multitude of historic details. 80 Fenimore Street is not in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District–it’s on the wrong side of the block–but it was built circa 1905-06, based on historic maps.
The listing features close-ups of period ornamentation inside and out, starting with windows topped with stained glass and surrounded by pilasters incorporating human faces. The entrance doorway is surrounded by corinthian columns, and it has foliate friezes in a band between the first and second stories.
A wide bracketed cornice displays tiers of decorative elements. The stone facade appears to be painted.
Inside, we see crown molding with garlands, presumably in the parlor level living room, a fretwork screen, columns with scrolls, corner blocks with urn figures, mantels with scrolled columns and garlanded summer covers, and a coffered ceiling.
The foyer and staircase are decked with wainscoting (and what may be period-appropriate moiré wallpaper) and punctuated by a carved newel post.
It all looks to be in very good shape, at least in the photos, though perhaps it could use a little freshening up with some paint. The kitchens and baths pictured are renovated, although not recently, and appear to be in good condition.
The house has its original steam radiators, “working fireplaces,” and a two-year-old gas boiler, according to the listing, from Jacob Rozenberg of Vismith Homes Realty Inc. It adds the roof is in “excellent condition.”
The backyard has scrubby plantings, the frame for a covered outdoor area, and patches of concrete. A fire escape with metal stairs and landings goes up to the third floor in the rear of the house.
All in all, the townhouse appears to be in move-in condition although not recently renovated. It’s been in the same family since the 1950s.
Prospective buyers will want to note it also comes with two tenants with three-year leases expiring in 2022 — potentially delaying move-ins or renovations.
The asking price for this one is $2.5 million. Will it get it?
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