“Quaint” is not a word that can be applied often to anything in Manhattan, but here in Brooklyn 386 State Street hits that hard-to-find sweet spot between sophisticated and cozy. Dating to the early 1850s, this handsome transitional Greek Revival/Italianate is located on one of Boerum Hill’s tree-lined blocks. The single-family has an identical twin to the west and features four floors of living space, including three bedrooms and 1.5 baths.
Entry is through the thoughtfully designed kitchen, where exposed brick and wooden beams create a fetchingly rustic contrast to the stainless steel state-of-the-art appliances. The adjacent dining room continues this county/city theme, with barn-like beams and white-painted brick walls framing one of two original working fireplaces (both of which boast their original marble mantels and ironwork). Beyond, a deck offers space for al fresco meals.
The parlor floor above features high ceilings and an elegant layout overall with another antique fireplace in the front parlor and a full wall of built-in shelves in the rear parlor, perfect for library or entertainment center use. A graceful circular staircase winds up to the master bedroom suite on the third floor, which incorporates ample closest space and a spa-like bathroom with a deep-soaking tub, separate shower and double vanity.
Two top-floor bedrooms are cheery, spacious and bright, flanking a lofty skylight over the stairwell. A full cellar provides storage space and room for mechanicals.
Broker Carolyn Cedar of Douglas Elliman points out the enviable range of neighborhood amenities, listing “Rucola, Building on Bond, French Louie, Grand Army (an oyster/cocktail bar right on the block) and Brooklyn Fare” and noting that a short walk brings you to CityPoint, with Trader Joe’s and the Alamo Draft House Cinema.
Boerum Hill itself remains a slice of classic brownstone Brooklyn that manages to border some of the city’s liveliest districts without being overwhelmed by them. Close to 13 subway lines, the BAM Cultural District and Barclays Center, the home is asking $2.395 million.