An immaculately renovated Edwardian on a quiet Kensington block, 394 East 8th Street is a three-story, single-family home in one of Brooklyn’s most overlooked residential districts. Decked out with bay windows, hipped roof and a charming front porch, the house is a more compact version of the rambling turn-of-the-century structures that line the streets of Albemarle and Ditmas Park but within the same walking distance to the ever-burgeoning Cortelyou Road’s range of shops and restaurants.
The plan is a spacious but cozy arrangement, with an entry hall leading past a front parlor with fireplace and formal dining room to a contemporary kitchen flanked by a half-bath and laundry. There are herringbone floors throughout the first level. A large light-flooded living room/den completes the plan, finished with a glass wall and sliding door that out to the back deck and yard.
A handsome horizontal fence walls off the commodious garden, a summery mix of sun and shade with room for a barbecue. Three bedrooms and a full bath make up the second floor while a potential fourth bedroom, playroom or home office could be installed in the atmospheric third story, where the ceilings follow the roofline.
The house has been beautifully refreshed from top to bottom, with hardwood floors and clean lines. Classic yet contemporary, the house easily accommodates entertaining and evenings at home. A couple of rockers on the porch, a water sprinkler in the back yard and you’re living in a big-city greeting card.
In addition to the lively scene on Cortelyou Road, 394 East 9th Street is within easy walking distance to both the Beverly Q and Church G stations and from there to Prospect Park, Park Slope and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The recently restored Kings Theatre is also nearby.
See it for yourself at an open house tonight, Thursday, July 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Douglas Elliman’s Rebekah Carver has the listing, which is asking $1.549 million.