This modest early 20th century brick house in Windsor Terrace has a porch for chatting with the neighbors, some period details and modern updates. The one-family is located at 25 Howard Place, just a few blocks from Prospect Park.
The house is one of a row developed by William M. Calder circa 1909. A U.S. Senator and prolific builder, Calder put up so many homes in Windsor Terrace in the early 20th century that the area, a “happy, thriving community of homeowners” according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1912, was known as Calderville. He developed both Howard Place and neighboring Fuller Place with rows of one- and two-family houses designed with deep Doric-columned front porches, limestone lintels, tile roofs and bracketed cornices. By 1911, Calder was advertising in the New York Times that only six one-family houses were left for sale, priced at $6,000.
No. 25 retains the original exterior and some characteristic details on the interior. The first floor is arranged with a central stair, a living room at the front, and dining room and kitchen at the rear.
There are parquet floors with inlay, stained glass windows, unpainted wood door and window trim, and an Arts and Crafts-style stair with paneling. In the dining room, there’s a glimpse of a delicate plaster medallion on the ceiling but there’s also modern recessed lighting installed throughout the first floor.
The U-shaped kitchen has an expanse of white cabinets, counters of butcher block and stone, and a tiled backsplash. There’s a narrow pantry or mudroom next to the kitchen, with a door leading out to the backyard and stairs down to the basement.
The parquet of the first floor continues upstairs into all three bedrooms. The master stretches across the front of the house, and two smaller bedrooms comprise the rear. All share the one full bath in the house.
There’s also a half bath on the first floor and another in the basement. None of those are depicted in the listing photos, but you can check them out via the virtual tour. The full bath has period fixtures and mint-green and black wall tiles.
The finished basement has tile floors, recessed lighting, storage space and laundry. There’s also a separate, windowed room that could serve as an office or gym.
A wood fence encloses the rear yard, which has a stone patio and a raised wood planter across the back.
The house last sold in 2012 for $1.425 million. Now on the market for $2.25 million, it is listed with Lisa Garcia and Cindy Fazio of Compass. A reasonable ask?
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