In the Clinton Hill Historic District, this Neo-Grec designed by Brooklyn architect Amzi Hill offers adequate living space despite its small size. The single-family home at 153 Willoughby Avenue offers a renovated kitchen, four bedrooms that are 15-foot wide and some original details such as moldings and mantels.
The house and much of the block were designed by Henry L. Coe in the 1880s. While the row on the south side of the block is brownstone, No. 153 and its three neighbors are all made of brick with protruding bay windows, high stairs, and neo-Greek details on the flat brownstone lintels and bracketed cornices. In 1885, Coe advertised houses on the block as “just finished” with “closet siding” and “all modern improvements” and for rent.
The entrance with original paneling and stairs leads into a rather narrow room with a long vestibule, which is currently set up as a dining room, and a reading corner with a chair and bookshelves. The wider rear room with a mantelpiece and two cupboards with original paneling is used as a living room.
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A paneled family room is in the front of the garden level, although a buyer might decide to swap uses and convert the space back into a dining room to be closer to the renovated kitchen at the back. A passthrough with fixtures connects the two and is visible in the virtual tour.
The kitchen is spacious, has space for a table and combines the original beadboard paneling with a touch of industrial style with metal cabinets. Open shelves and a butcher’s block countertop sit on a vintage sink in an alcove. A half bathtub with a vintage marble sink on a modern plinth rounds off the garden level.
A large bedroom on the second floor faces the street and has another vintage marble sink, while a smaller bedroom in the back has a mantelpiece and modern built-ins. There is a renovated full bath with a claw-foot bathtub and all in white. Those white finishes are repeated in the full bath on the top floor, but it has a walk-in shower and a stackable washer / dryer. On the upper floor there are two further bedrooms, one of them with a mantelpiece, and a small study.
Outside, the enclosed back yard has a bluestone patio, and while there aren’t any planting beds, there is a tree and plenty of room to eat and add planters for those gardening-inclined.
According to the listing, further upgrades of the ready-to-move-in house are central air and underfloor heating.
The home was last sold for $ 920,000 in 2004 prior to renovation. It’s listed on Sotheby’s Terry Baum and now costs $ 2.295 million. Is it worth asking?
[Listing: 153 Willoughby Avenue | Broker: Sotheby’s] GMAP
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