From the street, the building for sale at 244 Putnam Avenue looks like one of the many traditional 19th century townhouses for which Bed Stuy is known. Step inside, however, and the 1879 building reveals creative modern updates mixed with historical details.
Giant windows and wide openings on each level keep the home airy and bright. A fourth floor has been added to the building, and the length of all four floors has been extended, giving this building plenty of space. It’s configured as a four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom triplex over a garden-level one-bedroom.
The exterior brick is newly repointed, and the house has new historic reproduction ironwork. New historic reproduction double entry doors open onto the parlor floor.
The front parlor has a working fireplace in one of house’s three original carved white marble mantels. Pocket doors lead to the dining room in the rear parlor, and this is where one first sees the original back wall, with its arched openings, that has been retained and used as a design element throughout the home.
Beyond this wall is a kitchen with a modern industrial feel, exposed concrete columns and beams, and honed marble counters. The oven and cooktop are Miele and the fixtures are Lefroy Brooks. The kitchen looks out over the spacious garden.
Great care has been put into every element of this building’s redesign. The walls are finished with diamond plaster and the flooring is Provenance Reclaimed Vertical Heart Pine. The house’s original woodwork has been stripped and refinished, then reworked to fit new openings.
The bedrooms and baths on the second and third floors all have their own distinct personalities, with the primary retreat on the third floor offering an immense walk-in closet and a skylit marble bath lined in travertine marble with internal industrial-style multi-paned metal windows. There’s a sitting area and another sun-drenched bedroom containing a wall of windows, barreled hallway ceilings, and access to the roof terrace.
There’s a new sprinkler system with copper lines throughout the building, and all-new electrical with three meters, intercom system, plus HVAC system with mini-splits on the garden and second floor. There is central ducted AC on the parlor and third floor.
The garden-floor unit has its own entrance, a kitchen by Reform, in-unit washer/dryer, and access to the garden.
The house is close to the A train at the Nostrand stop, the YMCA, the Bedford-Stuyvesant Museum of African Art, and shops and restaurants such as Pilar Cuban Restaurant, Fan Fan Doughnuts and Clementine Bakery.
Those intrigued by this unique space are invited to view 244 Putnam Avenue at an open house on May 23 between 2 and 4 p.m. Listed by Dennis Colwell of Compass, the townhouse is asking $3.895 million.