Exceptional and carefully preserved three-family townhouse on MacDonough Street in the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District presents a rare opportunity for homeowner or investor. The iconic stoop with intact ironwork and ornate façade conveys a stately grandeur, while the lush front and backyards offer a serene urban retreat.
Impressive in stature, the townhouse was constructed by local architect and builder Arthur Taylor in 1886 in the Neo-Grec style. Original details include seven wood-carved decorative fireplaces, pocket doors, wainscoting, parquet wood floors, pocket shutters, brass doorknobs, plaster relief, ceiling medallions, and more.
The 20’ wide by 100’ deep lot sits among a row of brownstones on one of the most architecturally harmonious and wide, tree-lined streets in Brooklyn. Currently used as a lower duplex with finished, renovated basement and two rental apartments above, the townhouse offers flexibility. Convert into a lower or upper triplex and rent the remaining level, enjoy as a duplex and two rentals, or use the entire house for multi-generational living. There’s space for one or two home offices, a rec room, a home gym, or den. For an investor, an impressive 6% cap rate can be enjoyed along with low maintenance and overhead. Mechanicals and roof have been appropriately updated. Financials are available on request. Delivered with longtime tenants or vacant.
Start your tour by ascending the impressive stoop to find an original double door foyer with encaustic tiles, handcrafted woodwork, and expansive entry hallway. Open the oversized wood-carved original entryway door to find original details including an incredibly grand staircase showcasing mahogany spindles, treads, and banister leading to the upper floors. The front and rear parlors have soaring ceilings, plaster moldings, and are separated by working pocket doors. There are two original decorative fireplaces with bespoke wooden and tiled mantels and an open-design kitchenette leading to the deck and the garden. Both are tranquil places to enjoy morning coffee or a sunset drink. Ideally situated mid-block, the private yard is surrounded by blue sky and greenery.
Walk from the parlor to the garden-level to find a rear extension that leads directly to the garden, as well as an enormous eat-in kitchen, library that doubles as a separate dining room, built-in closets with extra thick wooden doors, and private front room with decorative wooden fireplace, pocket shutters, wainscoting, and wooden ceiling. And finally, there is the renovated finished basement complete with wet bar, full-sized bathroom, laundry area, storage, and oversized recreational/study areas with convenient access to the garden.
The third-floor apartment is a loft-style one bedroom, one bath apartment, featuring beautiful hardwood floors throughout. The bedroom includes a decorative wooden fireplace, customized trim, and plasterwork, built-in closets, and windows with a view of the courtyards. In the front there is a very large living/dining room with decorative fireplace, working pocket shutters, and three extra-large windows overlooking the south-facing front garden with its 19th-century wrought-iron lamppost and established mimosa tree.
The fourth-floor apartment is a two-bedroom, one bath floor-through featuring excellent closet space, two decorative wooden fireplaces, hardwood floors, a separate kitchen, living, and dining area. Both top floors receive amazing light and have peaceful views of nearby townhouses, a historic church, front garden, and green courtyards in the rear.
Steps to the express A and C trains in bucolic Fulton Park, Manhattan in less than 30 minutes away. And the Lewis Avenue and emerging Malcolm X restaurant corridors offer an array of neighborhood favorites such as Saraghina, Chez Oskar, LunÀtico, Peaches, Nana Ramen, L'Antagoniste, Halsey Traders and more.