Carefully restored and updated with high-end flourishes, this elaborate Axel Hedman townhouse is part of a row of 10 in Bed Stuy’s Stuyvesant Heights Historic District. The Hedman wood detailing at 386 Stuyvesant Avenue is all preserved, including such characteristic neo-Renaissance details as fretwork screens, trim ornamented with wreathes and swags, pass-throughs, mantels, pier mirrors and window seats. But throughout, the designer-developer duo of Adam Dahill and Christiaan Bunce have added modern touches like converting the wash basins into a vanity with storage and placing the laundry room on the top floor.
In the kitchen and bathrooms, the updates are more straightforwardly modern, with all new custom-designed fumed-oak cupboards with brass inlay and an island with marble countertops and new appliances on the parlor level. A two-family, it’s been configured as a triplex over a floor-through with a cellar below.
While the current set-up lacks access to the garden from the parlor level, unusually, the triplex has sole access to the garden via the stairs and hallway. A “summer kitchen” in the extension is pitched for the purpose of mixing cocktails without having to walk inside.
The third floor has been turned into a grand master suite, with the aforementioned pass-throughs functioning as dressing room with walk-in closets. Unusually, there appears to be a flight of stairs to the roof from the fourth floor — as opposed to the usual ladder — though if the listing mentions anything about an existing roof deck, we missed it.
The row was built in 1899 by Eli H. Bishop. This one is constructed from limestone with a brownstone base. The facade has a rounded window bay, sculptural entablatures above, and a segmental-arched doorway on top of a dog-leg stoop. The bracketed cornice has an ornate frieze.
With altogether six bedrooms and four bathrooms, the house is listed for $3.195 million by Esther Patten and Maria Ryan of Compass. As you may recall, Dahill Bunce, as they are now calling themselves, set a record with the sale of their last property, 1 Verona Place, for $3.3 million. Think this one will get full ask?
[Photos by DD Reps via Compass]
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