It’s understandable if the first word that springs to mind after seeing the townhouse for sale at 34 Hicks Street is “dramatic.” After all, the space was bought and converted in the early 1960s to its present configuration by the late Edward Burbridge, one of the founding members of the Negro Ensemble Company, who had a raft of television and theatrical set and costume design credits to his name.
Set up as a pair of duplexes, both apartments feature soaring interior spaces with ceilings of 21 feet. The upper apartment was featured in House & Garden.
Located in the oldest part of Brooklyn Heights, the 1860s building was originally a blacksmith’s home and forge and later became an antique store. It had a fire and was rebuilt in 1921.
The outside of the home has an historic storefront on the ground floor. As currently configured, it can provide both living space and rental income or work-live space. Alternatively, it could be converted back into a single family.
The lower apartment features a garden level space with living room, dining room, kitchen, and half bath. It leads to a nicely planted garden with patio.
The upper floor of this apartment has a spacious bedroom and full bath, as well as access to the garden. The two floors are connected by both a spiral staircase that looks like a work of art.
The upper apartment can be configured as a one- or two-bedroom, with a two-story living room and a separate dining room that can also be used as a bedroom. The top floor contains a master suite, complete with custom built-ins and an office overlooking the living room.
There is a marble mantel and a central skylight.
Both units have tile pavers in the living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens and hardwood floors in the bedroom areas. There is a washer-dryer in each unit.
The Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo and restaurants Henry’s End, Noodle Pudding, and Jack the Horse Tavern are nearby. It is one stop from Manhattan on the A/C or the 2/3 lines.
Taxes are $965 a month. Listed by Myrel Glick and Martha Ellman of Douglas Elliman, the home is asking $3.15 million.