Tucked into a shady corner of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, 31 Monroe Place is a sleeper building on an elegant street. Built sometime between 1843 and 1850, the brownstone presumably gained its restrained Art Deco ground-floor facade in the early 1920s. Currently configured as nine apartments on five floors, the 25-foot-wide building is two doors down from Jared Kushner’s $12.9 million revamped Brooklyn Law School dormitory at 27 Monroe Place and could — theoretically — support a similar single-family conversion.
For those eager for a landlord role, the current luxury rental units come outfitted with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, George Nelson pendant lighting and walnut hardwood floors. High ceilings throughout are met with city views from the upper rear-facing apartments.
The parlor floor is the largest of the units: It’s a two-bedroom, two-bath floor-through that features central air conditioning, new wide-plank hardwood floors and an open kitchen. French doors lead out to a steel terrace and down to a pleasant bricked and landscaped yard.
The garden floor contains a one-bedroom and a studio, the latter with a patio facing the rear garden, while the uppermost three floors contain two one-bedroom apartments each, front and back. A restored original stairway and an immaculate front garden are nice touches.
With a full height basement, new gas heating system, new electric and new roof, the place is pretty much a turn-key operation although broker and owner Nicola Nicoletta of Douglas Elliman also points to potential condo conversion.
Only a block long, Monroe Place is one of the neighborhood’s quieter streets, anchored by the neo-Classical Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court and otherwise a mix of pleasant prewar apartment buildings and mid 19th century row houses. The 2 and 3 trains are two blocks away at the Clark Street stop, and Montague Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Promenade are also close at hand.
The home is asking $7.6 million.